The bobcat is the smallest of the three Canadian big cats and is normally found farther north in Ontario, although it is occasionally sighted in Southern Ontario.
Moonlit Prowler is currently hanging in the gallery of Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Drive, Kitchener.
In developed areas near humans, bobcats typically limit their activity to the moonlit hours of early dawn, dusk and night hours. In dim light, they see up to six times better than humans.
A bobcat has the speed, claws and teeth to take down even large animals, and prefers wooded areas, usually sleeping in a hollow tree or cave in forests, mountains and brushlands.
Its primary food is rabbits, but it will also eat geese, rodents, tree squirrels and even deer. Bobcats are excellent climbers and jumpers and can clear fences well over six-feet high. Occasionally, a bobcat will prey on livestock and fowl, and sometimes household companion animals such as rabbits, cats and dogs
Their size may be as long as 48 inches. The tracks of bobcats are asymmetrical, with four toes, and the metacarpal pad is bubble “m” shaped. Bobcat scat is tubular and black or brown in colour. Their cry? You don’t want to hear it.
The Moonlit Prowler in this painting roams a territory of roughly 150 square kilometres.