Bobcat

Bobcat

Bobcats can be found throughout Orange County in most wilderness and regional parks as well as the Santa Ana Mountain Range. Their typical diet consists of rabbits and other small animals like squirrels, birds, and occasionally small deer. While they are abundant throughout the area, they are not considered a threat to humans and will typically avoid any contact except for places where foot traffic is heavy like Newport Backbay and Chino Hills State Park where they have been known to walk past humans without being scared off. With that being said, DO NOT approach one of these animals as they could do damage to a human if they feel threatened. If you come across one and you feel threatened, the best thing to do would be to hold your ground, stand tall and back away slowly without turning your back to it.

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Bobcat Prints

If you can find a good impression which typically is easier after rain, you'll be able to distinguish a cat from a canine by the lack of claws which are retracted while traveling, canines cannot retract their claws and therefore almost always register. Bobcat prints are very similar to mountain lions except the size in which bobcat prints are much smaller, a mountain lion kitten print would also be small but you would like see a larger set of prints alongside which would be from the mother. On the heel pad, bobcats also have 2 upper lobes and 3 lower lobes (so do mountain lions) but sometimes they just appear wide. A canine print has 1 upper lobe on the heel pad and 2 lower lobes which appear narrower.

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