Bobcat (Wildcat)

bobcat vs coyote | bobcat facts | coyote facts

A bobcat is a medium-sized North American wildcat, which is often confused with lynx. Although they are similar in size but hold different habitat, these North American species range from southern parts of Canada and central Mexico. The fur of a bobcat is beige to brown or reddish, which is marked with black or brown. Bobcats are smaller in size, have tiny feet and ear tufts, a white spot near the tip of their ears, and a trimmed tail. Bobcats are adapted to live in a variety of habitats that includes mountain woodlands, deserts, and swampland, coniferous forest. 13 sub-species of bobcats have been recognized.

Interesting Facts About Bobcats:

  • Bobcats are highly terrestrial and mark their area from their urine and feces.
  • They communicate through scents, visual signals, and vocalization. The vocalization made by bobcats includes meows, hisses, yowls, growls, and screams.
  • Bobcats are excellent climbers to catch a low flying bird and swimmers, and also have good vision, hearing and sense of smell.
  • Bobcats sleep in hidden dens, which can be a hollow tree, caves, or rocky gaps.
  • Bobcats can run up to 30 miles per hour, and they put their back feet on the same spot of the front feet to reduce the sound when hunting.
  • Bobcats mate primarily in winters, the mating can take place from November until August.
  • After the evolution of 60 to 70 days, the female bobcat usually delivers two to four kittens.
  • The predators of the kittens are eagles, owl, bears, foxes, and coyotes. Under the IUCN, these species is listed as least concern.

Coyote:

Coyote belongs to the Canidae family, who are native to North America. Coyotes are close relatives of wolves, jacks, foxes, and dogs, though these species are smaller than wolves. There are 19 sub-species of coyotes. The fur color of coyote ranges from grey-brown to reddish-brown. They have a slender and stretched snout, flat forehead, pointed ears and muzzles, bushy tail, and thick fur. Coyotes can be found in the plains, forests, deserts, and mountains of Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Coyotes are known to howl at the moon in the night; these species hunt and communicate at night; they are intelligent creatures who have an absolute sense of hearing, sight, and smell.

Coyote Facts (Are Coyotes Endangered):

  • To avoid predators and any potential danger, the coyote walks silently on the tip of their toes.
  • Coyote marks its territory with urine and hunts its prey (deer) in packs while chasing its prey; it can run at a speed of 40 miles per hour.
  • Breeding season for coyote is February and March; a female can deliver 3 to 7 young coyote after the gestation of 63 days.
  • Coyotes are not endangered species farmers, and herders have tried to control their population with poisons, guns, and traps, but their population is still growing.

Bobcat vs. Coyote (Difference Between Bobcat and Coyote)

ParameterBobcatCoyote
Scientific name- Bobcat’s scientific name is Lynx Rufus
The Coyote’s scientific name is Canis latrans
 

Species-
There are 13 sub-species of the bobcat-
 
Lynx Rufus Rufus
Lynx rufus Gigas
Lynx rufus Floridanus
Lynx rufus Superiorensis
Lynx rufus Baileyi
Lynx rufus Californicus
Lynx rufus Mohavensis
Lynx rufus Escuinapes
Lynx rufus Fasciatus
Lynx rufus Oaxacensis
Lynx rufus Pallescens
Lynx rufus Peninsularis
Lynx rufus Texensis
 
There are 19 sub-species of a coyote-
 
Canis latrans cogattis
Canis latrans clepticus
Canis latrans dickeyi
Canis latrans frustror
Canis latrans goldmani
Canis latrans hondurensis
Canis latrans impavidus
Canis latrans incolatus
Canis latrans jamesi
Canis latrans latrans
Canis latrans lestes
Canis latrans mearnsi
Canis latrans microdon
Canis latrans ochropus
Canis latrans peninsulae
Canis latrans texensis
Canis latrans thamnos
Canis latrans umpquensis
Canis latrans vigilis
Average size-





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Size-
Average size of a Bobcats is 1.5 to 2 feet tall. Coyotes are 32 to 37 inches with their tail adds another 16 inches.
 
Weight- Bobcats weighs between 14 to 40 pounds. The average coyote weight is 20 to 50 pounds.






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Diet- 
Bobcat diet consists of rabbits and hares; they also hunt small deer, snakes, lizards, and domestic animals such as dogs, sheep, and goats. Coyote diet includes 90 percent mammalian, such as rabbits, fish, and frogs. They are omnivorous, which prey on snakes, insects, and fruits, grasses.

Nature-
Bobcats are solitary animals. Coyotes are solitary and nocturnal. 





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Coyotes are solitary and nocturnal. 
Lifespan-





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Lifespan-
The average life span of the bobcat is between 5 to 15 years in the wild.





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The average life span of the bobcat is between 5 to 15 years in the wild.
The average life span of a coyote in the wild is between 10 and 14 years.

Do Bobcats Attack Humans?

No, bobcats do not attack humans; however, one should not touch a bobcat or the kittens. However, coyotes are known to attack humans.

Are Coyotes Dangerous?

Coyotes are not only dangerous but are also a significant threat to humans and are known to attack humans. Coyotes are also known to carry specific diseases such as hepatitis, rabies that may be transmitted to its prey.

Coyote vs. Bobcat , who would win?

Bobcats are smaller but are more aggressive than a coyote; on the other hand, coyotes are faster than bobcats and can fight in an icy area. Coyote can use its sense of smell to identify its prey so it can beat a bobcat easily. Hence both the animals have chances to win a fight as both are equally capable.

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