As the population of the United States grows, more and more wilderness area is being gobbled up and the three species of big cats in America, as well as other wild animals, are being forced to live among humans. The wild cats are mysterious and elusive and it was not that long ago that few could say they had actually seen one in the wild. Lynx, bobcats and cougars have been sighted more often in recent years, especially the cougar.
Unlike the dog which bears little resemblance to the wolf from whi
Cougars are one of America’s Big Cats
At one time cougars were widely distributed over the Americas and were called by various
When cougars are born they have
The cougar’s hind legs are longer than its front legs so the cougar walks with slightly elevated
The cougar has few natural enemies. The only carnivore larger than this big cat in North America is the bear. However, the three largest predators in North America, the cougar, the bear, and the wolf, do coexist. The cougar usually prefers mule deer or elk, but will eat smaller prey and rodents. The only real threat to the cougar is man. Yet the one thing that strikes fear to a cougar is a barking dog. The cougar is protected in some manner in all states in the United States that it inhabits except for Texas.
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The Lynx and Bobcats in North America
At first glance the lynx and the bobcat look identical. However, these two big cats are widely
Subtle differences are revealed upon further examination of the two cats. The bobcat’s feet are similar to the domestic cat, only much larger; the feet of the lynx are disproportionally large, like a cartoon cat’s feet might look. The tail also has subtle differences; on the bobcat, the tail is black on top and white underneath while the lynx’s tail the entire tip is black.
The easiest way to tell the two cats apart is by the range of their habitat. The lynx makes its
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Both big cats produce one litter each year, usually one to four kittens. The young do not open
Like other cats, the lynx is a silent predator that attacks quickly. The huge paws of the lynx are well adept at moving on the top of the snow in the wintery mountains of Canada and Northern United States. The lynx dines almost exclusively on snowshoe hare. Like most other big cats, the lynx cannot sustain long periods of running; therefore, if the prey is not caught quickly, the lynx will give up and move on to continue hunting.
Like the bobcat, lynx are on the Appendix II of CITES, though is a threatened species in the
These three big cats of North America, cougars, lynx and bobcats are mysterious and elusive. Most people will never see one in the wild; it is only the most fortunate who will catch a glimpse of one of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
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