GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Species Code: LYRU

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= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Breeding Range Map
The green area shows the predicted habitats for breeding only. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project.

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Map with historical museum records

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Bobcats are found throughout Washington, except the islands, where there is cover such as forests, thickets, grasslands, sagebrush, swamps, desert and rocky hillsides. In summer, they may be found in high-elevation forests but are driven to lower altitudes by winter snow. Not found in large open areas lacking suitable cover. May be found on the outskirts of cities.

Core areas in all regions and zones except Subalpine Fir, Silver Fir, Mountain Hemlock and Alpine/Parkland. Good habitats are agriculture on the west side, water/wetlands, (except estuaries), non-forest and forested. Generally not found in east side agricultural areas because of the lack of suitable cover.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
Webpage designed by Dave Lester