Fun Lynx And Bobcats Facts For Kids

Fun Lynx And Bobcats Facts For Kids

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Lynxes are big cats from the Felidae family that are a group of carnivorous animals. Even though the cat can be domesticated, they are mostly considered to be wild animals that have characteristic differences from other cats.

There are four lynx species that we currently know of, the Canadian lynx, the Iberian lynx, the Eurasian lynx, and the bobcat. The 'original' lynx is the Eurasian lynx. Many confuse the Canadian lynx with the bobcat, mostly because their areas overlap. However, all of them are medium-sized and can be characterized by their tail that is only 10-20 cm in length. Also, they have long and pointed ears from which a black hair plume emanates. Even though it is very characteristic of lynx, it can also be seen in some other feline species like the Caracal.

By the end of this article, you will have knowledge of bobcats and lynx life in wildlife, the zoo, in the deep snow, their hunting methods, natural resources, and so on. If you like this article, check out gray wolf facts and Mexican wolf facts!

Lynx and Bobcats Interesting Facts

What type of animals are lynx and bobcats?

Lynx and bobcats are a type of cat.

What class of animals do lynx and bobcats belong to?

The lynx and bobcat wildlife belong to the Mammalia class.

How many lynx and bobcats are there in the world?

There are about 725,000-1,000,000 bobcats in the world. There are only 404 Iberian lynx left in the Iberian peninsula areas and about 50,000 Eurasian lynx.

Where do lynx and bobcats live?

Lynx and bobcats can be found in the areas of Canadian and North American boreal forests that are known to have cold, snowy winters. The forest is full of snowshoe hare, the prey they search for. Lynx are mainly found in the boreal forest of Canada and Alaska.

What are lynx and bobcat's habitats?

The boreal forest is a habitat suitable for wildlife that can withstand frigid temperatures the year or the ones that migrate long distances each year. Full of coniferous and deciduous trees, this habitat covers a large area in North America (Canada and United States) and Russia.

Who do lynx and bobcats live with?

Lynx and bobcats prefer to live in small groups or alone. They are usually silent and nocturnal, the only exception being their mating season.

How long do lynx and bobcats live?

The average lifespan of lynx and bobcats in a zoo is around seven years. However, they can live up to 14 years in the wild.

How do they reproduce?

There is no report on the mating process of these animals. However, it has been observed that the home ranges of a female are encompassed by a male’s home range, and the home ranges of several females might overlap. This distribution, along with the slight sexual dimorphism, is an indication of the polygynous nature of this species.

The females will enter estrus once per year that will last for one to two days. They raise one litter every year. The mating season occurs during February and March and is followed by an 8-10 week long gestation period. A litter usually has somewhere between two to five kittens. Lactation might last for about five months. The male species is not involved in parental care. The kittens stay with their mother until the mating season. After this, the siblings stick together for a while. The males reach sexual maturity at the age of 33 months and the females at 21 months. A bobcat and lynx can be mated.

What is their conservation status?

The Eurasian lynx and the Bobcat (Lynx rufus) are the Least Concern species with a stable population. The Iberian species of lynx is Critically Endangered, and the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is also a Federally Threatened and State Endangered species.

Lynx and Bobcats Fun Facts

What do lynx and bobcats look like?

Bobcats are named so because of their short tail and long legs.

Lynx are large-pawed, long-legged cats with fur soles, tufted ears, and a short and broadhead. The tawny to cream-colored coat forms a bushy ruff on their neck and is mottled with black and brown. Their ear tufts and tail tip have brown fur. During winter, their fur is soft and dense, and their hairs are about 4 in (10 cm) long. Many humans sought the lynx for trimming garments during the winter season.

Bobcats or wildcats are about twice the size of an average housecat. Their tufted ears, large paws, and long legs and feet are somewhat similar to the Canada lynx, their larger relative. Most bobcats are brownish-red or brown in color with a short, black-tipped tail and a white underbelly. They are named so because of their tail that appears to be ‘bobbed’ or cut.

How cute are they?

With their adorable face and giant paws, the bobcats/wild cats and lynx are definitely some of the most attractive feline species.

How do they communicate?

Lynx and bobcats communicate through their ears, eyes, and noses. They use their voices to call one another.

How big are lynx and bobcats?

Here are the sizes of lynx and bobcats:

Bobcat - 27 in (69cm)

Eurasian lynx - 31 -51 in (80-130 cm)

Canada lynx - 29 - 43 in (76-110 cm)

Iberian lynx - 33 - 43 in (85-110 cm)

How fast can lynx and bobcats run?

A lynx can run at a top speed of 50 mph (80 kph). Bobcats aren’t usually the running type. However, they can still reach a speed of 25-30 mph (40-48 kph) through short bursts. They usually stalk their prey or wait for it and don’t need to run them down. Their pounce is their greatest hunting power. A bobcat is capable of leaping about 12 ft (3.6 m) for taking down its prey in search of food.

How much do lynx and bobcats weigh?

Here is the average weight of lynx and bobcats/ wild cat:

Bobcat - 18.95 lb (8.6kg)

Eurasian lynx - 39 - 66 lb (18 - 30kg)

Canada lynx - 17 - 24 lb (8 - 11 kg)

Iberian lynx - 28 lb (13 kg)

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male name of the species is tom, and the female name is queen.

What would you call baby lynx and bobcats?

A baby lynx or bobcat is called a kitten. A group of baby lynx and bobcats is a litter.

What do they eat?

The bobcats that live in the north eat snowshoe hares, while the ones living in the south eat cottontail rabbits for food. Their diet also includes birds, bats, and rodents. When food is scarce, the male bobcat hunts larger prey like deer. Other lynx can feed on several animals, including reindeer, white-tailed deer, small red deer, roe dinner, and chamois. They also depend on smaller prey like fish, sheep, foxes, mice, turkeys, squirrels, goats, and other birds along with grouse, voles, and ptarmigans in their search for food.

Are they dangerous?

Lynx and bobcats are fierce when it comes to defending themselves. Even though they avoid people, if they feel threatened, they can attack a human. Bobcats are considered more aggressive than lynx, making them more dangerous.

Would they make good pets?

Lynx and bobcats are short, muscular cats that can hunt a fully-grown deer successfully. So, they can fatally and very easily attack humans. Even though there have not been such accidents with captive-bred animals, they must be supervised at all times. They are not harmless and have aggressive moments. You should not keep them as a pet as these animals best belong in the wild.

Did you know...

That bobcat is a type of lynx and is not exactly the same thing. There are four types of wild cats that belong to the lynx genus are Canadian lynx, Eurasian lynx, Iberian lynx, and bobcats. Differentiating between the bobcat and its cousins will be difficult. But, there are certain physical as well as behavioral differences that will help you distinguish them.

The main difference between lynx and bobcats is their size. Lynxes are usually larger than a bobcat. Their average weight is 60 lb (27 kg), and they can reach about 4 ft (1.2 m) in length, which makes them an imposing presence. A bobcat is like a large house cat as it only weighs about 30 lb (13 kg) and is 3 ft (0.9 m) long. However, their size is deceptive as wild cats, cougars, lynx, and bobcats are powerful and fierce.

Lynxes are usually found in cold forests, whereas bobcats can be found in a wide range of climates and terrains like mountainous, rock, and arid desert regions. Compared to lynx, bobcats have relatively smaller paws and shorter legs. But, this doesn’t make them any less agile jumpers or climbers. In contrast to the yellow or solid gray fur of lynxes, bobcats have spotted brown coats and black spots that camouflage them in the wild and helps them stay hidden and stalk their prey.

Are bobcats territorial?

Yes, just like most cats, bobcats are territorial as well. However, there can be some overlap in the home ranges of this largely solitary cat. It uses a multitude of methods for marking the boundaries of its territory, including deposits of feces or urine and claw marks. Female bobcats, especially, are extremely territorial and make sure that their ranges don’t overlap. Male cats are the ones with overlapped ranges. The territory of a female bobcat is only 5 sq mi (13 sq km), whereas the territory of a male bobcat can be about 30 sq mi (77.6 sq km) wide.

What is special about the Iberian lynx?

The conservation status of an Iberian lynx is Critically Endangered. In 2002, its population was less than 100 individuals. But, thanks to the conservation efforts made for pretending their extinction, there are now over 400 Iberian lynxes living in the Iberian Peninsula in their Mediterranean forests. LIFE Iberlince is an ambitious conservation project that is working on recovering the lost territories of the lynx in Portugal and Spain.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our striped polecat facts or jaguarundi facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our Lynx coloring pages.

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