Are bobcats solitary animals?

Bobcat portrait by Dave Welling

The answer to the question as to whether bobcats are solitary animals needs to be nuanced. Some websites bluntly say that bobcats are solitary. I don’t think that it is quite as black and white as that. My reference book states that: “the bobcat, like most other felids, essentially lives a solitary lifestyle”. They …

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Do bobcats mark their territory? Yes, somewhat like domestic cats.

Bobcat den in snowy rock pile

Yes, according to several sources. Bobcats have home ranges which are well-defined. They are not used by other cats of the same sex. Sometimes they overlap but the common areas are not used simultaneously. It is thought that bobcats don’t defend their home range but indicate their occupancy and avoid encounters with other bobcats …

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