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Bobcat: Illinois’ Native Cat Is Hoping To Increase Its Population

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A bobcat makes it way through underbrush in rural Monroe County.   				        - photo by Joann Fricke
A bobcat makes it way through underbrush in rural Monroe County. - photo by Joann Fricke

by Jennifer Kuroda, founder, Illinois Bobcat Foundation The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is one of the more interesting and beautiful of our native wildlife species in Illinois. This handsome animal has tufted ears, a tawny coat with black spots, and a ruff of fur that flares from its cheeks and neck. Because they are apex predators, …

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