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Trail Sign #17

Updated: Mar 2

Bobcat

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Edibility Factor: High. Bobcat tastes like lean pork.


In the vast woodlands and remote corners of Pennsylvania, a stealthy predator roams quietly, leaving few traces of its presence—the bobcat (Lynx rufus). With its characteristic tufted ears, spotted coat, and elusive nature, the bobcat holds a mystique that has captivated the imagination of wildlife enthusiasts for centuries.


The bobcat is medium sized in stature known for its distinct bobbed tail, tufted ears and spotted or striped coat which serves as effective camouflage in the forests of Pennsylvania. The bobcat is adaptable to diverse ecosystems, ranging from dense forests and mountainous terrain to agricultural landscapes and suburban areas across Pennsylvania.


Bobcats are known for their solitary habits and nocturnal activity, making them difficult to observe in the wild. They are territorial, marking their territory with scent markings and vocalizations to deter intruders. Bobcats prey on small animals like rabbits, squirrels and mice, as well as birds, reptiles and occasionally deer or livestock.


In addition to being adorable, the bobcat is also the official mascot of the University of Northern Pennsylvania Ashmore Campus! Go Bobcats!



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