How Fast Can a Bobcat Run?

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The fastest a bobcat can run at short distances is 30 mph. Apart from its speed, this nocturnal feline also uses stealth as a means to take on a wide variety of animals as prey, including larger ones such as an adult deer.

Bobcats, or Lynx rufus, are endemic to the North American continent. Highly adaptable, these animals thrive in forests, swamps, deserts, agricultural areas and sometimes even in suburban areas. It is estimated that there are 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats in the wild. Its name is based on the appearance of its tail, which looks cut or "bobbed."

Bobcats are rarely seen because they are mostly active at night. As strict carnivores, these fierce hunters prey on rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels and other smaller animals. Once they have spotted their prey, they calculate its exact location, and then leap as long as 10 feet to pounce on top of it to pin it down.