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Bobcats
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Did you know that Bobcats are wildcats that live near cities in America? Are you ready to learn all about the Bobcat? Then come with me and learn about me, my habitat, protection and Rreaators, food and prey and young and birth. Sup! My name is Bob and I'm, well, I'm a bobcat do I look fiercer? I am a mammal that has a lot of relatives like lynx, mountain lions, and house cats. We are 25-42 in. long and 20-24 in. tall. I weigh 40 lbs. As you can see I have yellow brown and golden tan fur. I am more grey in the winter than the other seasons and our upper legs have dark black bear marks. Us wild cats have a poor sense of smell so we rely on good vision and night vision. We also have a great hearing. I am very sneaky and quick enough to catch a rabbit but not fast enough to catch a deer. I have a short bobbed tail, that's where we get our name from. We have short spikes on our ears and tufts of hair on the side of our faces called muttonchop . Follow me time to go to my den. Welcome to my cozy den come inside. My habitats are in the forests and woodland areas, swamps, mountains and deserts. I sometimes make my

horne near cities. We can live almost anywhere as long as it has enough small animals to eat and enough shrubs to hide in when we hunt. Look at this tree I scratched that means its my territory. We are found almost everywhere in North America. Oh no I think I see a mountain lion! I have to be careful because I have a lot of predators. I have to hide in the grass, luckily my color helps me blend in. Our predators are mountain lions, owls, eagles and coyotes eat the kittens and humans hunt us for fur. Oh it's just a white tailed deer time for lunch. I am a predator of other animals which means I hunt other animals, they are called prey. Ok I am going to stalk my prey. The spikes on my ear help me hear my prey in the bushes. I eat other things like rodents, dead animals, carnivores, hares, sheep and other small animals. If I catch a big animal like I am going to do right now I will kill it then bring it back to the den for later. Stop! I hear something over there in the forest, that's the deer. I am going to sneak up quietly the pads on my paws will help me be quiet. Then I am going to pounce on the white tailed dear. Uh uh woshh growl I got it! Do you want to meat my babies Bill and Ben? Bill! Ben! Corne out! We have a guest that wants to learn about you. When I go out my kittens Bill and Ben play or go to sleep. They will stay with me until they are nine months old. Almost one year. By then they can

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be on their own and start their own families. We are normally seen alone unless it is mating season. We like to live alone. Bill, Ben and all of the other babies are born in the spring. Usually 2 or 3 kittens are born at a time. They normally weigh less than a pound and they are covered with short spotted fur. Their eyes are closed and one open for 9-10 days. My wife keeps them warm and clean. She feeds them milk and treats. When they're one year old they become independent. Well I hope you had a good time watching me hunt, eat, see how I protect myself and see how I take care of my kittens. If you see me in the wild remember to not bother us and if you do, tell them to stop because we are afraid of you. I hope you had a good time learning about the Bobcat. See ya later!

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