National Geographic : 1943 Feb
© National Geographic Society Painting by Walter A.Weber Bobcat, Named for His Stubby Tail, Agilely Treads Branch and Snow with a Spruce Grouse-He IsaSouthern Edition ofthe Lynx When you hear a man boast, "I can lick my weight in wildcats," he refers to Lynx rufus, the naturalists' bobqat.Ordinarily shy, thecornered beast isa20-pound bundle of claws, fangs, and hisses. He is rarely tamed. Bob is fairly common from Canada to Mexico, but is seldom seen, for heisanelusive, nocturnal hunter. Reddish fur and white-tipped tail distinguish him from paler Canadian Lynx (opposite).