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Bobcats are a mid-sized wild cat named for their bobbed tails. They have pointed ears and are about double the size of a domesticated housecat. Bobcats live all over North America and are rarely seen by humans because of their nocturnal and elusive nature. They live in a variety of environments including swamps, deserts, and even developed areas.

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"Bobcat (Lynx rufus), resting, Montana de Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo Co., California, May 2011" by Marlin Harms is licensed under CC BY.

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