bob·​cat | \ ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio) \

Definition of bobcat

: a common North American lynx (Lynx rufus) reddish in base color with dark markings

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That meant bringing the park’s panthers, bobcats, a serval cat, a bunch of birds and more into protective housing, all while the park’s signature alligators watched. Marco Santana,, "Flamingo parade leads Gatorland’s animals back into the park after Hurricane Dorian," 4 Sep. 2019 The affected panthers in the video are mostly kittens, while the bobcat is an adult. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Florida panthers and bobcats are walking weird. Wildlife officials can't figure out why.," 21 Aug. 2019 Florida panthers and bobcats are the only two wild cat species found in the state. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Florida officials are investigating why panthers are seen stumbling and falling down," 20 Aug. 2019 Park Wildlife Director Sherry Mims said its abundant wildlife includes deer, bobcats and foxes. al, "Mobile County wants input on Chickasabogue improvements," 17 Aug. 2019 At least six bobcats were struck and killed by vehicles in the Santa Monica Mountains earlier this year. Los Angeles Times, "First tracked mountain lion crosses the 405 Freeway in big moment for wildlife preservation," 8 Aug. 2019 These places, most located in Montana and Minnesota, promise spectacular images of exotic wildlife such as Siberian tigers and snow leopards, and native, elusive species such as wolves, lynx, and bobcats. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 Animals that aren’t vaccinated against rabies are particularly at risk, and contact with stray cats and dogs and other animals like raccoons and bobcats should be avoided, officials said. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Residents and pet owners beware: Altamonte Springs neighborhoods on rabies alert, health department says," 12 July 2019 One panther and one bobcat that were tested showed positive signs of neurological damage. Chad Gillis, USA TODAY, "'Not seen anything like this': Stumbling panthers may have been poisoned. It's stumping Florida officials," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of bobcat

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bobcat

bob entry 4; from the stubby tail

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English Language Learners Definition of bobcat

: a kind of large wild cat that has a short tail and that lives in North America


bob·​cat | \ ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio) \

Kids Definition of bobcat

: a North American wildcat that is a small rusty brown type of lynx

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