L. rufus

Family: Felidae
Sub-family: Felinae
Genus: Lynx
Conservation Status: Least Concern 
Habitat: North Americas 

Bobcats are medium-sized wild cats that have a range from southern Canada to central Mexico. They are incredibly adaptable and live in a variety of environments. Bobcats are vital to controlling pest populations - and eat anything from small rodents to deer. 

Bobcats have been extensively hunted by humans for their fur as well as for sport. This has led to their decline in certain areas, but overall they have proven to be resilient. Bobcats are easily recognizable by a ruff on each side of their face; pointed, black-tipped ears that usually have a tuft at the end; and their signature bobbed tail.