Bobcats are probably the hardest to come across here in Merritt Island, Fla. Speaking directly from experience, I have only encountered one's bottom half when it tried to escape the rapture of my vehicle. However, it does not end there for me as I continue to be on the lookout for these exotic creatures.
Bobcats are closely related to lynxes as they carry similar physical characteristics and behavior. The difference is the coloration and depth of their coats, where bobcats are brown to beige with black to brown spots or stripes. They are very adaptable in that they reside in various types of environments such as mountainous landscapes, brush lands and semi deserts. Being that they are exceptionally versatile, they can be found in most of the United States.
Surprisingly, females tend to be more territorial than males. While their range of land is only five square miles, males are much larger with territories expanding to 30 square miles. As stated by Defenders of Wildlife, male territories can overlap making them more lenient to their claimed area. Both sexes however, create main dens, cave or log structures where they remain most of their time, and auxiliary dens, which are less visited.
Mating season for bobcats begin late winter and occasionally occur throughout the year. After getting it on, the gestation period for the pregnant mother will last approximately two months. For another 2 months, they will wean off their mothers' milk and begin hunting at five months. Around eight to 11 months, they are kicked out of their mother's territory and left to fend for themselves.