There are seven species of wild felines in North America. They are the Ocelot, the Margay, the Canada Lynx, theÂ Bobcat,Â theÂ Jaguar, the Cougar and the Jaguarundi.Â Â The two species most often encountered are the Bobcat and Cougar. For this discussion I will focus on the Bobcat.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) are very widely distributed throughout most of the U.S, Mexico and Southern Canada. I have seen Bobcat in several states, heard them and photographed them in Illinois. I have yet to get a good recording. Witnesses many times report hearing screams that they reason are either bobcats or cougar.
The following pictures were taken in Central Illinois, in the Spring of 2005. Â I was walking with my dog, who at the time was 5 months of age. As we came through a grassy knoll she froze and pointed towards a field of corn stubble. I happened to be caring my Canon DSLR with 100-400 zoom. I did not have time to extend the lens but instead pointed in the general direction and starting snapping pictures. I happened to be about 200 yards away from the animal and by its movement I did not think it was a coyote. Only after returning home and enlarging the pictures on my computer did I finally realize it was a Bobcat. The cats coloring pattern almost perfectly camouflaged it in the corn stubble.
And then with yellow highlighting to show the position of the cat.
I am doing recordings in several areas with consistent bobcat sightings so I hope to have sound files of these tough cats posted soon.
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