Graceful and stealthy, this North American cat is an extraordinary hunter and can thrive in regions from Canada to Mexico. And yes, their offspring are called bobkittens. Read on for more fascinating facts about bobcats.

Bobcats got their names because of their tails.

Though many felines have long, sinuous tails, an adult bobcat’s averages just 6 to 7 inches in length; the word bobcat is a reference to this stubby appendage. (In barbershop lingo, hair that’s been cut short is sometimes called “bobbed.”) Other names for these animals include bobtailed cats, wildcats or bay lynxes.

Bobcats and Canada lynx are not the same thing …

While bobcats are actually a type of lynx in North America, the term is more generally associated with the Canada lynx. On the surface, these two species look very much alike. Both, after all, are similarly proportioned, mid-sized cats with stumpy tails and pointed ears. Still, some noticeable differences do exist between them.

First, the Canada lynx is slightly bigger with longer limbs and larger feet. Another key dissimilarity lies in the fur: Bobcats have short, reddish-brown coats with well-defined spots while lynx are shaggy, gray, and have faded spots. If you were to compare their hindquarters, you’d notice that a bobcat has black bands on its tail, whereas a lynx’s tail only displays a solid, black tip. Also, lynx ears have longer tufts.


Canada lynx

But where these felines truly deviate from each other is in their lifestyle preferences. The lynx is a cold-weather cat that lives further north and at higher elevations. Their enlarged paws act like snowshoes, enabling these hunters to pursue such game as snowshoe hares with relative ease. Bobcats, in contrast, are built for warmer environments. Also, while lynx mainly eat hares, bobcats have a more varied diet and will readily hunt birds, small mammals, reptiles, and deer. Here’s another noteworthy tidbit: Bobcats tend to be much more aggressive—in fact, some zoo keepers call them the “spitfires of the animal kingdom.”

But bobcats and Canada lynx can mate.

The Canada lynx is found throughout its namesake nation and some northern parts of the U.S. (as well as Colorado). Since bobcats and lynx belong to the same genus (which, confusingly, is named Lynx), the two species are very similar at the genetic level. Over the past 15 years, a handful of confirmed hybrids have turned up in the northern U.S. The mix-matched predators tend to display a bobcat’s general build and the pointier ears of a lynx. In keeping with the tradition of giving delightful portmanteaux names to hybrid animals, these critters are now known as blynx.

Bobcats tend to hunt at dawn and dusk.

Wild bobcats do the majority of their hunting in low-light conditions. The animals usually wake up three hours before sunset and then go back to sleep around midnight; they wake up again roughly an hour before dawn. In the early morning, the felines return to their slumber and the whole cycle repeats itself.  Bobcats are at their most active during the twilight hours, when potential targets like eastern cottontail rabbits tend to forage. In the wintertime, though, food gets scarcer, which prompts some of the cats to change their schedules: Throughout the colder months, bobcats in northern states will often adjust their sleep regimen so that they can spend more time tracking down prey in broad daylight.

Adult bobcats can bring down animals that weigh much more than they do.

Fully grown bobcats can weigh up to 33 pounds. For the most part, they eat rabbits, birds, rodents, and other fairly small creatures. However, the cats are also extremely adept at killing adult white-tailed deer. Although they generally hunt fawns, they have been known to kill adults, which can weigh 250 pounds or more. To slay such a large herbivore, a bobcat will jump onto its back and bite through the throat.

Bobcats are excellent climbers and jumpers.

When threatened by a bigger carnivore, these cats will usually head for the safety of the nearest tree. Climbing among the branches also affords bobcats the opportunity to dine on nesting birds every so often. The felines have also been known to pounce onto unwary deer from overhanging tree limbs.

They’re also incredible jumpers. Able to clear 12 feet in a single bound, the cats can easily jump across narrow waterways. One of them went viral in 2020 after it was filmed leaping across a yawning gap in a Louisiana dock that had partially collapsed. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, bobcats can jump fences over 6 feet tall.

Bobcats like to cover their kills.

Bobcats can’t always consume their prey in one sitting. Sometimes, the carnivores use dirt, snow, leaves, or grass to bury the uneaten pieces of especially large corpses, and will return periodically to dig up their leftovers. This behavior is known as “caching,” and it’s also practiced by the North American mountain lion. Unfortunately, burying a corpse won’t guarantee that it won’t be discovered or nibbled on by other carnivores. Ravens, coyotes, bears, and those aforementioned mountain lions won’t hesitate to raid a bobcat’s secret stash if the opportunity arises.

Invasive pythons are a major threat to Florida’s bobcats.

Being a hunter doesn’t guarantee that you, in turn, will never be hunted. Owls, foxes, and coyotes regularly make off with bobcat kittens. Cannibalism is another big problem for these helpless infants, which are sometimes gobbled up by wandering adults (usually males) who belong to their own species. Fully grown bobcats don’t have many natural predators, although mountain lions have been known to kill those that encroach on their territory.

But in recent years, the short list of carnivores that eat bobcats has grown one entry longer. Since 2000, a Burmese python epidemic has been constricting the Florida Everglades. For decades, exotic pet owners have released a steady stream of these Asian snakes into the region, where they now thrive. Capable of weighing 200 pounds, the pythons are large enough to consume dogs, deer, and even alligators. Perhaps unsurprisingly, at least one euthanized specimen has been found with a bobcat corpse in its stomach.

Pythons are also devouring the animals that bobcats depend upon for survival, including rabbits, raccoons, and rodents. Not coincidentally, the number of bobcat sightings in the Everglades fell by 87.5 percent between 2003 and 2011.

Bobcats can run up to 30 mph.

Lynx rufus can sprint faster than any human being, but the cats also know when to slow things down. In 1966, two naturalists reported seeing a wild bobcat take 13 minutes to crawl across just 3.28 feet of ground. At the time, the predator was sneaking up on a cotton rat—which it was able to capture thanks to its patient approach.

Bobcats make a wide range of sounds.

We’re talking hisses, snarls, and meows, to name a few. When mating season rolls around, the cats may emit a screaming cry known as a “caterwaul” in a bid to attract partners. This vocalization is very loud, with the sound traveling as far as a mile away.

Bobcats can swim.

Bobcats don’t mind getting their feet wet while hunting beavers. The felines happen to be good swimmers overall, and they’ve been filmed or photographed paddling across lakes in such places as Illinois, Maine, and the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Bobcats and coyotes compete for some of the same food sources.

The two carnivores hunt some of the same prey animals, meaning the coyote-bobcat relationship can be hostile. An influx of coyotes into a given habitat may result in fewer bobcats living there. However, this doesn’t always happen. In certain ranges, it appears bobcats and coyotes peacefully coexist. Interactions between them are of great interest to field biologists.

Bobcat tracks usually don’t have claw prints.

Individual pawprints are about two inches long from end to end. At first glance, they might resemble the tracks of a coyote or domestic dog. But while those canids leave claw marks behind, the bobcat usually doesn’t. That’s because the felines have retractable claws, something dogs and coyotes both lack. Other differences include the general shape of each track; dog and coyote prints are more likely to be longer than they are wide—which isn’t the case with bobcats.

Bobcats come in different colors.

In Bobcat: Master of Survival, Kevin Hansen writes that in 1978, naturalist Stanley Young “described an albino bobcat that survived four years in the wild before being captured and placed at a Texas zoo.” On the other end of the color spectrum, there are melanistic bobcats with fur that’s almost entirely black. They mostly occur in Florida, where at least 10 black bobcats have been trapped over the years.

Bobcats are part of the same cat subfamily as cheetahs.

Of course, we’re talking about the Felinae.  This group includes bobcats, cheetahs, ocelots, cougars, and domestic house cats. The only other major cat subfamily is the Panterinae, to which the really, really big species—like lions and tigers—belong.

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  1. from FFS file…
    black advertising company is suing McD’s for 10 BILLION $$ ecause McD’s doesn’t advertise ENOUGH with them….therefore they’re racist.
    some dude has the story,,,
    A California judge is allowing a black entertainment group led by Byron Allen to continue their lawsuit against McDonalds for not spending enough money advertising with the network. The lawsuit alleges that McDonalds does not give enough of their advertising budget to black entertainment, therefore McDonalds is racist.

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  2. The Bee: “NASHVILLE, TN — Matt Walsh is once again stirring up controversy after he shared pictures of Nazi death camps on his Twitter account with the words “We must never let this kind of evil happen ever again.” Critics have called his social media posts a clear incitement to violence against Nazi people.

    “This kind of irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric from Matt Walsh could lead to real-world violence against Nazi loyalists who put Jews in concentration camps,” said US Rep Rashida Tlaib. “It’s important to remember that concentration camps were run by medical professionals and that no one was sent there until they turned 18. Jews have the right to live in concentration camps, which the Nazi PR reps told me they agreed to voluntarily. Matt Walsh is a hateful bigot who wants to incite terroristic violence against the proud German people.”

    Representatives from Twitter and Facebook released statements acknowledging the danger Matt Walsh poses to the public safety and mental health of mass-murdering antisemites, and confirmed they are deliberating internally about how to address it. “We are troubled by what we’ve seen from this account,” said Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal. “This kind of violent conservative rhetoric should have no place on our platform.”

    At publishing time, Matt Walsh was finally suspended from Twitter for inciting violence against Al-Qaeda after he shared photos of 9/11.

    U.S. — Disney has chosen a bald actress to play Rapunzel in the upcoming live-action remake of Tangled. Director Guy Ritchie announced the casting at a press conference alongside Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

    “We are thrilled to have this mega-talented bald actress joining us to star in this film,” said Ritchie. “She has long been an outspoken advocate for the alopecia community and we know she’ll lend her unique lived experience as a person of baldness to the iconic role of Rapunzel.”

    Several fans were upset with the casting, pointing out that the actress is bald, while Rapunzel has hair. “I’m all for diversity,” said Disney fan Janet Cutler. “My pronouns are Xe / Xer. But this is a bit too far. Rapunzel is supposed to have hair. It’s sort of core to the entire story.”

    Another Disney fan echoed the sentiment. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair,” said Disney fan Andrew Steeplechase. “That’s one of the key quotes in the story. I’m not sure that works as well with a bald Rapunzel.”

    Historians and experts pushed back against the desire for a haired Rapunzel. “Demanding that Disney cast Rapunzel — a fictional character I might add — with an actor who has hair, is simply ableist, sexist, racist, and several other -ists,” said Sandra Rice, the chair of Harvard’s Folklore and Mythology department. “Sadly, this is another example of the white cis-hetero patriarchal system that we live in.” Rice then began to sob.

    The budget for the film is expected to be roughly $800 million. Principal photography begins in March of 2023. Disney has not yet announced who will play Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel in the upcoming biopic Night, but the company is down to two finalists for the role: Michael B. Jordan and Lena Dunham.
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a White House press conference focused on clarifying every statement Biden has ever made, Press Secretary Jean-Pierre clarified that the official White House policy was the opposite of whatever President Biden says in interviews.

    This official policy comes on the tail of the White House clarifying and contradicting nearly every statement Biden has made regarding the pandemic, Taiwan, illegal immigrants, Russia, inflation, and unborn babies. Curiously, there has been no correction from the White House after Biden called half of U.S. citizens an existential threat to democracy.

    “This policy is to stem confusion and reduce the number of questions asking for clarification and context,” said Jean-Pierre to journalists suffering dizzy spells from the flurry of claims, counterclaims, statements, clarifications, and contexts.

    “She said what? That’s a bunch of goat honky; I’m the President of the United States of America,” said Biden in response to the White House’s new policy.

    At publishing time, the White House clarified that Biden actually said, “She’s exactly right, and Trump is a terrorist.”

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    1. Are you a red-blooded American PATRIOT who loves God, guns, family, and freedom? Better watch out, the FBI probably thinks you’re a domestic terrorist! They could be watching you read this right now. They could be listening to your phone calls!

      Fight back against those Feds by learning all the telltale signs one of them is listening in on your phone conversation:

      1. You hear slow, heavy mouth-breathing on the line: And the faint sound of CNN playing on someone’s TV. Creepy!

      2. The hold music sounds suspiciously like a guy humming out of tune: George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” sounds nothing like that!

      3. All your insurrection attempts have been foiled: How do they know?!

      4. You see a guy with an FBI hat hiding in your bushes with headphones on: Or, that just might be your weird neighbor Steve.

      5. You’re bragging about how beautiful your golf course is, everyone says so and how it’s tremendous really to be everyone’s favorite President of all time: Oh no! You’re Donald Trump! Yep, your phone’s definitely bugged.

      6. All the details for the surprise birthday party you’re throwing for your spouse get leaked to CNN: And now the “fake news” is all out on your front lawn. Not cool, FBI!

      7. When chatting with friends about what to do this weekend, you hear a voice say “Or maybe we can kidnap the Governor of Michigan!”: Subtle.

      8. Your eardrums are shattered by a loud screech of unbridled rage whenever you say the word “Trump”: RRREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

      9. You feel like the person you’re talking to is stalling, keeping you on the line for extra time, then suddenly you hear “OK PEOPLE WE GOT IT!”: Prepare to be raided, MAGA terrorist.

      10. You’ve ever once attended a school board meeting: You’re clearly dangerous.

      MIRAMAR, FL — Seeing the need to provide more affordable options for travelers affected by record inflation, Spirit Airlines has introduced a new bargain flight where they just launch you in a medieval catapult.

      The announcement comes at a time when families have been forced to spend over $10,000 more per year on basic necessities due to unprecedented government spending and inflation.

      “Technically, it’s a mangonel, but the layperson can go ahead and call it a catapult,” said Spirit Airlines CEO Barry Thurpurton, when describing the new service in which penny-pinching customers are loaded into the bucket of an old catapult and sent careening in the general direction of their destination city. “‘Traction Trebuchet’ also works, but that did not test well with focus groups.

      “I saved so much money using Spirit Airlines’ new catapult service,” said one happy customer from an emergency room. “I look forward to flying home — via catapult — in a few months after they remove this body cast.”

      At publishing time, Spirit Airlines announced that, due to increased demand, they have introduced an affordable First Class catapult service where flight attendants duct tape a couple of pillows to your torso before you are hurtled through the air.

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  3. Entire Article @ NewAmerican:

    The United States Senate voted on Wednesday to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, further strengthening the United Nations at the expense of U.S. national sovereignty and advancing the Left’s radical environmentalist agenda.

    The Senate voted 69-27 in favor of ratification, surpassing the two-thirds majority requirement for ratifying treaties as specified in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Every Democrat present voted in favor of the treaty, while 21 Republicans joined them. Every senator who voted “nay” was a Republican.

    With the United States’ ratification, it is the 138th country to have adopted the Kigali Amendment. Originally agreed upon in 2016, the amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol went into effect on January 1, 2019. A binding international agreement, it requires countries to radically cut their hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions in the name of combating climate change.

    The Kigali Amendment, which the Obama administration negotiated and celebrated, had been blocked from Senate ratification for several years. However, multiple establishment-leaning lobbying groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, advocated for ratification, and in 2020, Congress enacted domestic legislation allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate HFCs.

    In a statement following the amendment’s ratification, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that “Ratifying the Kigali Amendment, along with passing the Inflation Reduction Act, is the strongest one-two punch against climate change any Congress has ever taken.” President Joe Biden also praised the Senate’s ratification, stating, “The United States is back at the table leading the fight against climate change.” Among other perceived benefits of the treaty, Biden said, it would allow the U.S. to “advance the global effort to combat the climate crisis.”

    Others disagreed. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who voted against the amendment, stated that “We don’t need to get entangled in another United Nations treaty.”

    As a United Nations treaty, the Kigali Amendment infringes upon U.S. national sovereignty. This treaty will allow the UN to dictate HFC environmental regulations in the United States — yet another abdication of sovereignty to global entities. Considering the UN’s pro-Marxist, anti-liberty bent, such a situation will be detrimental to the U.S. Constitution and individual freedom. And under the treaty itself, nations that do not ratify it will face international economic restrictions beginning in 2033.

    The Kigali Amendment will also harm the U.S. economy. HFCs are very commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. By phasing out HFCs, the cost of purchasing, maintaining, and repairing air conditioners and refrigerators will increase significantly. This will hurt families and businesses at a time when inflation is already at historic levels.

    Under the treaty, the United States and other Western countries are treated most stringently, needing to reduce HFC emissions by 85 percent (compared to 2012 levels) by 2036. However, China and other “developing” countries will only need to reduce their emissions by 80 percent (compared to 2021 levels) by 2045. A small group of countries, including India, will have even more lenient requirements. Although the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the Kigali Amendment requiring the federal government to seek China’s reclassification as a “developed” nation, this amendment is mostly symbolic.

    HFCs are not harmful to the environment. A 2015 study by NASA found that HFCs would decrease ozone by only 0.035% by 2050. There is absolutely no justification for any type of regulation, much less at the international level.

    Ultimately, the Kigali Amendment is another surrender to the Left’s environmental agenda and the push toward a one-world government. Rather than further integrating the United States into the growing international bureaucracy, Congress would be wise to fully withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations and every associated organization.”

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            1. i have a dozen large totes–each tote houses a different color…then i have 3 totes of specialty fabrics–one for fur, one for knits and one for sheers. then i have bolts of fabric–such as fleece, quilted solids, and ironing board fabric (i make a lot of potholders, oven mitts, casserole cozies to sell.) then i got 2 boxes of fat quarters and novelty prints…
              {{but don’t tell my hubby–I hide my stash better than a teenager…LOL}}

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              1. I shop for fabric like some women shop for shoes…LOL
                for the record…I have 4 pairs of shoes: 2 pairs of sneakers, one pair of black flats and a pair of sparkly shoes i bought for my son’s wedding. and one pair of boots for snow.
                no sandals, no flip flops. and no heels.
                but show me fabric and my eyes light up…LOL

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  4. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


  5. EXCERPT: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 will consider a New York Police Department detective’s challenge to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas granted the request by the detective, Anthony Marciano, after Justice Sonia Sotomayor initially rejected it, Politico confirmed Tuesday.

    Marciano’s challenge seeks to strike down the mandate for the Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 vaccine for all city workers — including firefighters, police and teachers. According to data from the mayor’s office, as of Aug. 30, 1,761 city workers have been fired for not getting the vaccine, Daily News reported Wednesday.

    That number now is likely higher after the New York City Department of Education this month fired another 850 teachers and other staff, bringing the total to nearly 2,000 school employees fired for failure to comply with the mandate, according to the New York Post.

    The Supreme Court’s decision to consider Marciano’s request came one day after New York Mayor Eric Adams rescinded the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers and student athletes — but not municipal employees.

    Marciano’s attorney, Patrica Finn, general counsel to the group Make Americans Free Again, on Wednesday tweeted that she resubmitted the request directly to Justice Thomas in a deliberate effort to circumvent Sotomayor’s dismissal.”

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  6. Birds are sure strange…..I went out and sat on the patio for a bit and not one bird in sight anywhere, not even finches or sparrows. IDK where they all go but they’re here now. We only made it to 65 today and it’s been cloudy all day.

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  7. EXCERPT: “Story at-a-glance:

    – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now advertising the new COVID-19 booster as an “antibody update” to “recharge your immunity” — as if your immune system were a battery that needs recharging, or your immunity a software system that requires gene therapy “updates.” This is transhumanist lingo that has no bearing on real-world biology or physiology and proves the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on board with the transhumanist ideas of technocracy pushed by the globalist cabal.

    – According to a risk-benefit analysis looking at the impact of booster mandates for university students, between 22,000 and 30,000 previously uninfected adults (aged 18 to 29) must be boosted with an mRNA vaccine to prevent one COVID-19 hospitalization.

    – For each hospitalization prevented, the jab will cause 18 to 98 serious adverse events, including 1.7 to three booster-associated myocarditis cases in males.

    – A small observational study led by neurology researchers at the National Institutes of Health found “a variety of neuropathic symptoms” occurring within three to four weeks of COVID-19 injection.

    – Naturopath Henry Ealy and two Oregon state senators, Kim Thatcher and Dennis Linthicum, are trying to compel the state court in Oregon to order the impaneling of a special grand jury to investigate criminal data fraud by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Just when you thought the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) couldn’t possibly get any worse, they prove you wrong. Here are two recent COVID-19 booster campaign messages tweeted out by the FDA:

    “It’s time to install that update! #UpdateYourAntibodies with a new #COVID19 booster.”

    “Don’t be shocked! You can now #RechargeYourImmunity with an updated #COVID19 booster.”

    FDA now pushes transhumanist pipe-dream

    That’s right. The FDA now wants you to believe that your immune system is something that needs to be “recharged,” as if it were a battery or “updated” with mRNA injections like a piece of software.

    This is transhumanist lingo that has no bearing on real-world biology or physiology and proves beyond doubt that the FDA is fully on board with the transhumanist ideas of technocracy pushed by the globalist cabal. The human body is basically viewed as nothing more than a biological platform equipped with genetic software that can be altered and updated at will.”

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  8. Hi just quickly dropping this comment for I have limited access to a decent computer at the library. Love to all!

    Quickie update. We’re in the process of getting hubby’s insurance situation squared away on the new job & insurance comes through the Teamsters Union. Anyway they sent us a very basic booklet on coverage, including prices, & it was nearly Half of his take home pay taken out Every Week. We were freaking out & thinking we’d have to look through the Marketplace to see if we could find something better.

    Today he’s copied on an email from the Teamsters Union Rep claiming that large amount was actually the Total cost of insurance weekly…but the employees are only supposed to pay 20% of that. Thankfully this puts insurance costs more in line with what we were dealing with at his old job…but boy they could have avoided some heart palpitations if the info they’d originally provided was much clearer.

    I was thinking that the Teamsters Union was basically ripping off Every Union member of like half their income to provide crappy insurance you were “required” to accept…At least it’s not as bad as all that…at least that we know of–yikes!

    Live & learn 🙂

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    1. hi Valerie!
      where I used the work, the borough employees were teamsters–they had VERY Lucrative benefits–the borough was required to pay ALL their health insurance and put thousands into their pension plans every MONTH…teamsters are well benefited…
      hope you are well!!!

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      1. Thanks Pat, interesting & informative info there–we’ll see what happens. Hanging in there under heavy attack on our family. We could Really use prayer. Stuff is kicking up my PTSD issues & making it Very hard to function….Marinating in misery comes to mind, yet God is good & His grace Is sufficient regardless of how things feel.


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