Introduction
Animal: Bobcat


Why this animal?
I like the Bobcats because I have always been a big fan of all cats. I like how the Bobcat is very simalar to a regular cat but they are bigger and more territorial. The only real difference of the Bobcat and any cat is the size, the lifespan, and how they would not make good indoor pets or even pets itself. They do not like associating with many other animals but themselves, they don't even associate with each other except for mating season and that is only a short period of time. These cat are very territorial, competitive and live as loners.




Research location: North American eastern prairies

Bobcats research location
The North American Prairie which spreads all over the United States and some of Canada and Mexico is one of the manyplaces a Bobcat can be found. The Bobcat's only live in North America but they can live in forests, mountains, prairies, semi- deserts etc.
Climate
In the prairies the climate is different depending on which side I'm on; if I am on the eastern side of the prairie closer to the mountains I will see a lot more precipitation. In the western side it's more dry. About every 30 years or so in the summer time I hear there can be droughts that can last years. Sometimes along with the drought, a fire comes through to kill the old tall grass to create new fresh blades. In the summer time it's usually hot and pretty dry and in the winter it's usually cold and snowy and throughout the whole year it is always windy.
Other animals
Other prey that can be found in the prairie are the Mice which I see the Bobcat's bring home live ones to give there kits practice hunting. The kits only have to be 10 days old when they open there eyes to start this activity. The Rabbit is another animal which shares the prairie and is the Bobcat's favorite food. If the rabbit can't be found they can hunt the Squirrels, Ground Nesting Birds, Turkeys and sometimes small, sick Deer.
Some of the predators that live here are the Coyotes, Bald Eagles and sometimes Badgers. Well, I wouldn't really call them predators they will only eat a Bobcat if they can get a kit or if one is found dead (kit or adult). The only predator that can take down a full size, perfectly healthy, adult Bobcat is a human with a gun. The Bobcat is a Tertiary consumer.
Other animals that don't affect the Bobcat's food chain but share the prairie are the Bumblebee, the Prairie dog, (unless Bobcat's find sick ones and are hungry,) the cattle and the swift fox, which is about the size as a domestic cat. These animals are either to large but herbivores or small and fast.
Vegetation
The vegetation in the prairie is quite average (not to little, not to much). There aren't many different species in the prairie but there are a lot of animals from each species roaming around the prairie. There is plenty of prey for the Bobcat's but very little predators.The North American Prairie which spreads all over the United States and some of Canada and Mexico is one of the many places a Bobcat can be found. The Bobcat's only live in North America but they can live in forests, mountains, prairies, semi deserts etc.
Water Sources

The prairie is spread all the way across North America. I am living in more eastern region. North America has a lot of rivers and lakes and is surrounded by oceans. The prairie has plenty of water around.Shelter
The Bobcat's can find much shelter because in the prairie there is of course long grass and rocks (especially near the mountains). Forest an found right beside prairies and the Bobcats can live in Hallow trunks near the forest.




Here are some pictures the motion cameras took.Bobcat_kit.jpgMates.jpg