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Bobcat Lynx rufus (Felis rufus)

Track Foreprints and hindprints about same size, 2" (50 mm) long, slightly longer than wide, with 4 toes, no claw marks. If clearly outlined, heel pad can be distinguished from canine print: domestic dog's or Coyote's is lobed only at rear; Bobcat's is lobed at rear and concave at front, giving print scalloped front and rear edges. Trail very narrow, sometimes as if made by a 2-legged animal, because hindprints are set on, close to, or overlapping foreprints; 913" (228330 mm) between prints. This manner of walking may be an adaptation to stalking: Hunting as it travels, the cat looks for spots to place its forefeet noiselessly, then brings down its hindfeet on the same spots.

Sign Scent posts, established by urinating, visible only on snow and identifiable only by tracks. Tree trunks used as scratching posts, with low claw marks. Food cache usually covered somewhat haphazardly and scantily with ground litter.
Scat: Similar to a domestic dog's, but more segmented. Divisions between segments run straight across (diagonal in dogs). Scat often buried, but sometimes merely covered with dirt scraped about and accompanied by scratch marks on ground.

 

 

 

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