A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World
By Wanda Angermyer
With our Canadian Thanksgiving just past and the American Thanksgiving just around the corner, one wonders what a Bobcat might be having for dinner to celebrate the occasion. I’m sure small rodents will be on the menu for appetizers and a wild turkey would do nicely for the main course where available. Of course if the in-laws are coming something larger might be in order – venison perhaps?
Despite their small size, bobcats can be effective predators of large adult ungulates, especially deer, generally killed when resting, as shown on the trail cam photos below. Several studies have found that males tend to consume larger prey than females, and that juveniles consume proportionally more rodents than adults. Ungulates can be an important winter food source for northern bobcats, when snow depth increases their vulnerability to predation. Young fawns are also particularly vulnerable. Bobcats will also scavenge deer, elk and moose carcasses killed by other predators.
Or if deer isn’t available, here is a video of a speedy little bobcat that decided to go with duck instead of turkey. Perhaps working on a “turducken” feast for Thanksgiving?
Sources: IUCN Cat Specialist Group, Trail cam photos: http://www.23mm.com