Bobcat Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

You or a friend might have a house cat, but have you ever heard of a bobcat? Read this lesson to learn about what bobcats are, where they live, and what they eat.

Bobcat Bodies

A bobcat in the wild

Wow! You are hiking with your family and you just saw a really cool animal. It looks like a cat, but bigger, and it is a wild animal. Your mom tells you it is a bobcat. So, what is a bobcat? Bobcats are mammals. This means that they have fur, are warm-blooded, and have live babies. They also feed their babies with milk from the mother bobcat. Bobcats are usually tan colored and have black or brown spots. They can weigh anywhere from 16-30 pounds, so they are bigger than a regular pet cat. They are between two and three feet long. They have a cat cousin called a lynx and they look a lot like the lynx but are just a little bit smaller.

Here's a bobcat and lynx joke that you can tell your friends: What do you get when you cross hot dogs with bobcats? Sausage lynx!

Bobcat Habitats

A map of the bobcat habitat. The words on each part of the map are the names of the subspecies of bobcat that lives in each area.
bobcat habitat

A habitat is a science word for where an animal lives. Bobcats' habitat is North America, so they can be found in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. They always live alone and can be found in lots of different places, including mountains, beaches, and grassy plains. Even though there are almost one million bobcats in North America, people don't usually see bobcats, so it's really cool that you saw one on your hike!

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