Facts to know about bobcats
A pair of bobcats have been roaming the Sanibel Lighthouse area on the south tip of the island, wandering through a popular beach park and likely hunting in the nearby dunes.
Here are some facts about bobcats:
» Fur is tan to yellowish brown and marked with spots or stripes or both. Backs of ears marked with white spots. Bobbed tail.
» Weighing between 9 and 33 pounds, bobcats range from Canada to Mexico and are quite common in Florida.
» Communicate through scent, visual signs and vocalization.
» Majority of diet consists of rabbits, followed by rodents like squirrels and mice. Also hunts small deer, snakes and lizards.
» Can run up to 30 miles per hour and places rear feet in footprint of front feet to reduce noise while hunting.
» Generally solitary and territorial, although they rarely fight among themselves.
Source: Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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