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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Bobcats are sparsely common in various habitats in most of Florida. The Florida subspecies ranges throughout the southeastern United States and up the Mississippi valley into Missouri & southern Illinois.
Smaller than Florida panthers, bobcats are only as big as a medium-sized dog, with adult males average almost a meter (39 in.) in length and 11 kg (24 lb.). Females average 92 cm (36 in.) long and 7 kg (15 lb.). Bobcat fur is short, soft and dense, tan to dark brown with with black spots and bars most visible along the sides and legs. The tails are usually only 14 cm (5-1/2 in.) long, although sometimes as long as 30.5 cm (12 in.).
Lynx rufus (all subspecies combined) range throughout the United States, much of Mexico and into Canada overlapping into the range of the Canadian Lynx.