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This big, long-legged, bob-tailed cat, nearly a yard in length, is seldom seen because it usually sleeps away the daylight hours in some rocky ledge, hollow log or thicket, roaming abroad at night. On dark days one may be rarely glimpsed as it slips across a wilderness path. Actually, bobcats are quite widespread through southern Canada, much of the United States and Mexico; in the West they prefer rugged rimrock country; in the East, swamps; but bobcats sometimes live unnoticed at the edges of cities and near thickly settled areas. Rabbits are their main prey, which they catch by a stealthy pounce, seldom by pursuit.

©National Wildlife Federation®

Bobcat by George H. Harrison
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