How to Identify Bobcat Tracks

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First, determine if the track is from a canine or feline. Canine tracks have definite claw marks, one lobe on the front of the heel pad, and 2 lobes on the rear of the heel pad. In contrast, feline tracks rarely show claw marks because their claws are retracted. The front of the heel pad has 2 lobes, and the rear of the heel pad has 3 lobes. Canine tracks are typically longer than they are wide, while feline tracks have more of an equal length and width or the track may be wider than it is tall.


Bobcat tracks are larger than a domestic cat and measure approximately two inches. Their front feet are just slightly bigger than their rear feet.


Bobcats are diagonal walkers and direct register, which means that their rear feet land in their front footprints.


Winter is the perfect time to go tracking!