Do coyotes attack bobcats?

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Do coyotes attack bobcats? In a word, YES.

Bobcat and coyote tracks

“Bobcats share many habitats with other carnvores. Coyotes and pumas are known to kill bobcats occasionally…Bobcats apparently declined as coyotes moved into upper New York State and Maine and in the western United States bobcat numbers increased when coyotes were extirpated.” (Wild Cats of the World page 187).

Coyotes and bobcats have similar habitats and eat the same prey particularly in winter when supplies are short. Therefore they are in competition.

Extirpated means to eradicate and completely destroy.


Anderson E.M. 1990 Bobcat diurnal loafing sites in southeastern Idaho.

Koehler G.M. and M.G. Hornocker 1991 Seasonal resource use among mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes.

Major J.T. and J.A. Sherborne 1987 Interspecific relationships of coyotes, bobcats and red foxes in western Maine.

Litvaitis J.A. and D.J. Harrison 1989 Bobcat-coyote niche relationships during a period of coyote population increase.

Nunley G.L. 1978 Present and historical bobcat population trends in New Mexico and the West.

Robinson W.B. 1961 Population changes of carnivores in some coyote-control areas.

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