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Oregon Bobcat

Lynx rufus fasciatus

Subspecies of Bobcat



First Noted by Expedition
February 21, 1806, described at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Tawny (grayer in winter), with indistinct dark spotting. Short, stubby tail. Ears slightly tufted. Male larger than female. Length: 2.3–4.1 ft (0.7–1.2 m); tail: 4–7 in (10–17 cm). Weight: 14–29 lb (6.4–13 kg).
 

Habitat
Primarily scrubby country or broken forests—hardwood, coniferous, or mixed; also swamps, farmland, and rocky or brushy arid lands.
 

Range
Spotty distribution from coast to coast, and from southern Canada into Mexico. Probably most plentiful in the Far West, from Idaho, Utah, and Nevada to the Pacific coast and from Washington to Baja California. Scarce or absent in much of Midwest.
 

Note
Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat gets its common name from its stubby, or "bobbed," tail.

Species information from enature.com
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