medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black. Bobcats are one of those animals that, when seen by residents, they prompt a lot of phone calls to the Wildlife Hotline. The mere sight of this animal is so out of the ordinary that people panic when they spot one. We assure you though, bobcats are not going to attack you or your children unprovoked. They are actually very shy animals and stay far away from people if they can help it.
They primarily eat rabbits, mice, rats, squirrel, and other small mammals. However, they’ve been known to also eat wild turkeys, deer, and domestic cats. Their population is greatest towards the bootheel of Missouri and in the Ozarks, but we are seeing them more and more in suburban areas.