Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Bobcats

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) or known as the red lynx, can be found in diverse habitats throughout much of California. They have short "bobbed" tails and black ear tufts, and are about twice the size of house cats. Bobcats are often mistaken for mountain lions(opens in new tab) or as Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), a lynx not found in California . A bobcat diet is diverse and can include birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and fawns.


Bobcats provide many ecosystem benefits by helping to control rodent and other small prey populations. They are solitary and typically avoid humans, but may cause concern due to property damage as they hunt for food. Unsecured poultry or small pets can be preyed upon by bobcats. Effective January 1, 2020, hunting or trapping bobcats is prohibited in California.(opens in new tab)

Prevent Potential Conflicts

Wildlife Health Lab
1701 Nimbus Road Suite D, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 358-2790 |