Bobcats occassionally prey on sheep, goats, deer, and pronghorns;
however, they more commonly kill smaller animals such as
porcupines, poultry, rabbits, rodents, birds, and house cats. Bobcats
characteristically kill adult deer by leaping on their back or
shoulders, usually when the victim is lying down, and biting them on
the trachea. The jugular vein may be punctured, but the victims
usually die of suffocation and shock. Small fawns, lambs, and other
small prey are often killed by a bite through the top of the neck or
head. The hindquarters of deer or sheep are usually preferred by
bobcats, although the shoulder and neck region or the flank are
sometimes eaten first. The rumen is often untouched. Poultry are
usually killed by biting the head and neck; the heads are usually
eaten. Bobcats reportedly prey on bird eggs. Feline predators
usually attempt to cover their kills with litter. Bobcats reach out 12 to
14 inches (30 to 35 cm) in scratching litter, compared to a 35-inch
(90-cm) reach of a mountain lion (Young 1958).
Most of the time, when a bobcat attacks a human, it is when the bobcat has been infected with rabies. It can
cause some damages suring the attack, but the rabies exposure is generally far worse, and far more fatal in
nature than the attack itself. Though bobcats will cause significant damages to livestock, and especially
poultries, they can and will attack smaller pets if they feel the opportunity has presented itself. As with other
predatory species, bobcat sightings and encounters are becoming more common place in a growing society.
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Will a bobcat attack a full-grown white-tailed deer? Yes!
Photo from the Buckmanager.com website.
This bobcat was another that was removed from
the area of a chicken coop. Photo courtesy of the
OK Wildlife Control®, L.L.C.