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Bobcats Foraging

Bobcats are active all winter, particularly at dawn and dusk, when their primary prey (hares and cottontails) are active.  Mice and voles are also a significant part of their diet, and occasionally larger-bodied male Bobcats successfully prey on White-tailed Deer.  The pictured tracks reveal that while foraging for food, a Bobcat discovered the remains of a Porcupine that had been killed and skinned by a Fisher.

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4 responses

  1. Alice

    I great deal of detective work!

    January 13, 2020 at 9:04 am

  2. Allyn Field

    We have had a flock of turkeys wandering through our yard this year and, for the first time in 35 years, a bobcat, sometimes its tracks among the turkey tracks, and , in one instance, evidence of struggle, though no clear indication who had had won.

    January 13, 2020 at 10:05 am

  3. How do you know the porcupine was killed and skinned by a Fisher.?Thanks  Marlene

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    January 13, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    • While coyotes and bobcats have been known to eat porcupines, fishers are their primary predator, and fishers skin them in the manner I observed. I also observed some nearby fisher tracks. Good question!

      January 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm

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