What about bobcats? No baby steps for these wild felines that stalk and pounce on unsuspecting prey.
Bobcats are larger than house cats and have longer legs and a shorter bobbed tail. They’re good swimmers and excellent climbers.
In Missouri, bobcats prefer heavy forests with thick underbrush, broken by rock outcroppings, bluffs, glades, clearings and timbered swamps. They require an extensive range for hunting with thickets, caves and crevices for rest, shelter and dens.
Bobcats are active all year round. They may be up and about by day or night but they hunt primarily at dawn or dusk. They prey mainly on rabbits, but their diet can include small rodents, squirrels, turkey, quail and deer, especially fawns.
Bobcats rely on their keen eyesight and hearing rather than smell.
Watch bobcast in action in the "cat" videos below.
To learn more about bobcats, visit the MDC’s Field Guide.