The Bobcat is a North American mammal, which lives in many parts of North America. The Bobcat has 12 recognized subspecies (of which the most common subspecies is the Mexican Bobcat, as all other subspecies don't have true names besides scientific names). It has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail, from which it derives its name. Bobcats usually eat rabbits or hares, but they can eat other things like chickens, small rodents, and even deer. Prey selection depends on location and habitat, season, and abundance. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although with some overlap in home ranges.
Its coat is variable, though generally tan to grayish-brown, with black streaks on the body and dark bars on the forelegs and tail. Its spotted patterning acts as camouflage. The ears are black-tipped and pointed, with short, black tufts. There is generally an off-white color on the lips, chin, and underparts. Bobcats in the desert regions of the southwest have the lightest-colored coats, while those in the northern, forested regions are darkest. Kittens are born well-furred and they already have their spots.