Utah Field Guide: Bobcats

The bobcat is another feline houndsmen will occasionally chase. Fairly common throughout Utah, the bobcat is really seen however, due to the secretive nature of this species.

Named for its short, bobbed tail, the bobcat is a medium-sized cat and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx.

Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black.

Bobcats prefer areas with thick undergrowth, and can be found in deserts, mountains, and numerous other types of habitat. They are primarily active at night and seek shelter in rocks, trees, or hollow logs when inactive.

Bobcats are typically solitary except when breeding. Each bobcat may have several dens, one main den and several auxiliary dens, in its territory that can span 25-30 square miles for males and about 5 square miles for females. For more information on the bobcat or any critter found in or around Utah, check out our Utah Field Guide on our Outdoors page at KSL.com.

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