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Bobcats Preying On Rabbits & Hares

Bobcats are capable of preying on animals as large as White-tailed Deer (which they rarely do), but far more frequently they choose the easier-to-catch rabbit or hare. Typically at dawn or dusk a Bobcat will head out to locate and stalk its prey, slowly getting close enough to pounce on it.  Although they sometimes eat their prey immediately, Bobcats often carry it to a concealed area under brush where they eat it. (see photo).  In this scene, in addition to leaving some of the hair of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit it consumed, the Bobcat defecated, leaving its blunt-ended, segmented scat as further evidence of its presence (lower right in photo). (Thanks to Jody Crosby for photo op.)

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5 responses

  1. Rick Schnure

    Mary, I clicked on your link to donate, but the website was not working

    February 19, 2021 at 7:12 am

    • Thank you so much for letting me know, Rick. I am afraid I don’t know how to fix that…suggestions more than welcome!

      February 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm

  2. Alice

    ….and the food-chain continues….

    February 19, 2021 at 7:13 am

  3. Mmmmmm… easy detective work, if you know your scat…

    February 19, 2021 at 10:44 am

  4. Don mccabe

    I saw a furry bobcat cross in front of me as I drove up Meetinghouse Road last week. I rolled down the window and yelled, “Plenty of red squirrels at my place if you’re really hungry”. He paid no attention. Are bobcats not fond of squirrel meat?

    February 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

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