Bobcat Track
Photo Gallery

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Bobcat and domestic cat tracks. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

The red arrow points out a pair of domestic cat tracks, for size comparison with the bobcat tracks below right. The bobcat walked here first. The domestic cat was my cat, Boots, who followed me on a walk and stepped next to the bobcat prints.

 
 
beautiful bobcat track in mud

This is one of the most perfect bobcat tracks ever. A nicely detailed right front footprint in mud. This track may belong to a male bobcat due to the size of the metacarpal (heel) pad.

 
smaller bobcat track in mud

Another perfect bobcat track in mud. This may belong to a female bobcat due to the smaller metatarsal (heel) pad. This appears to be a right hind track.

 
bobcat track close up
Close up of the bobcat pawprint above
 

A very nice bobcat print in deep mud. This print shows the details of the foot pad structure very well. The two lobes on the leading edge of the pad are very clear in this print.

 
two bobcat tracks

A pair of bobcat tracks in mud. The one above is the right hind foot and the one below is the right front foot. On both tracks, the leading toe is very apparent. This is toe number three. Toes are numbered beginning with the inner one, or the "thumb." The inner toe sometimes shows up in bobcat tracks. It is called the dewclaw.

 
close up of bobcat print
A close-up of that really nice right front track from the photo above.
 
gray fox and bobcat prints compared

Here you can see the tracks of a gray fox next to those of a bobcat. The bobcat's feet are slightly larger than the fox's. The fox tracks show typical canine structure. The feline tracks show the larger heel pad and asymmetrically aligned toes that are typical of all felines.

 
Bobcat and deer tracks. Photo copyright 2005 Kim A. Cabrera.
The tracks of a deer are next to the tracks of a bobcat.
 
Bobcat track in dust. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
A bobcat track in dusty dirt.
 
Bobcat track in mud. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

This nearly perfect bobcat track was found in wet sand near the river. Notice the small white hair on the left side of the footprint. This perfect track shows all the details that make this a cat track. The two lobes on the leading edge of the metatarsal (heel) pad and the three lobes on the hind edge of the pad. The lack of claw marks. The asymmetrical alignment of the toes, with one toe leading. The c-shaped negative space between the heel and the toes. The M-shaped heel pad. The overall round outline of the track. This is a right front foot.

 
Bobcat track in mud. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

This close-up shows the metatarsal pad from the track above. Notice the line on the lower left? That line is actually the edge of the foot. When measuring this track, you would use that edge, rather than the bigger outline, to give you a better size estimate of the foot. This is called the minimum outline method of measuring tracks, and is the correct way to measure them. Also note that the lobe on the right is longer than the lobe on the left. This makes it the right foot. The outer lobe is longer on feline and canine tracks, a useful characteristic to help you tell left from right tracks.

 
Bobcat track heel pad in dust. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
Another heel print for comparison with the one above. Notice how the soil type makes a difference in the appearance of the imprint.
 
Bobcat track in sand. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
The right front track of a bobcat. The leading toe tells you this is the right track.
 
tracks of mama and cub bobcat. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

On the left are the pawprints of a mama bobcat. On the right are the smaller prints of her cub.

 
Bobcat track in dust. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
A hind track in dust.
 
Detailed Bobcat track in sand. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

This highly detailed bobcat track shows all the details. There is an imprint from the dewclaw, also called the pollex, or "thumb." The carpal pad, located higher up on the "heel" is seen here. The leading toe is very clear in this imprint. This is the left front track. The dewclaw is only located on the front foot. There is no dewclaw on the hind foot.

 
Cast made of detailed bobcat track. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

This cast was made from the perfect track above. A indicates the leading toe. B indicates the imprint left by the dewclaw, or pollex (thumb). C indicates the imprint left by the carpal pad. 

 
Complete bobcat track.  Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

Another perfect bobcat track showing all the details. This one is the right front track. you can clearly see the imprint of the carpal pad. The dewclaw is more difficult to make out, but it is there. The leading toe tells you this is the right track. The presence of the dewclaw and carpal pad tell you it is the front track. 

 
Left front bobcat footprint. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.

A nicely formed left front bobcat track in mud. The outer toes show clearly the roundish shape that helps differentiate them from dog tracks, which have a roughly triangular shape to the outer toes.

 
Left hind bobcat pawprint. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
A beautiful left hind bobcat track in mud. Notice the roughly teardrop shaped toe pads.
 
Right hind bobcat track.  Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
The right hind track of a bobcat in dust.
 
Two bobcat tracks.  Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
Two bobcat tracks, one going in each direction, are seen in the photo above.
 
Bobcat tracks in mud.  Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
A very clear set of bobcat pawprints. The hind track landed just on top of toe number 4 of the front track.
 
Bobcat pawprint in sand. Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
The left track of a bobcat.
 
Bobcat pawprint from right front foot.  Photo copyright 2009 Kim A. Cabrera.
A beautiful right front bobcat footprint.
 
muddy bobcat print.  Photo by Kim A. Cabrera.
Muddy bobcat print.
 
bobcat tracks in mud
A beautiful pair of bobcat tracks in mud
 
right front footprint
A nice right front bobcat track in dust
 
predator and prey

Predator and prey tracks. Bobcat track on the right, fawn track in the middle, adult deer track on the left.

 
many species tracks

Many species left their tracks in this muddy river bank. The raccoon walked across from upper right to lower left. The spotted sandpiper walked in the upper middle left. The bobcat is in the center, next to the ruler.

 
cougar and bobcat tracks

Cougar/mountain lion/puma tracks with bobcat tracks. The cougar is in the center. Bobcat is walking the opposite direction on left.

 
perfect left front track
The perfect left front track of a bobcat!
 
van duzen bobcat tracks
A nice pair of bobcat tracks found at the edge of the Van Duzen River
 
left hind bobcat track
Beautiful left hind bobcat track in mud
 
deer on bobcat track

A perfect deer track on top of a perfect bobcat track. Predator and prey on the ground for the tracker to read!

 

Bobcat Track Photo Gallery

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bobcat trail in sand

The trail of a bobcat in sand at the edge of a recently-graded dirt road. The bobcat is using an understep walking gait.

 

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Bobcat Cat Track Keepsake Ornament

Bobcat Cat Track Keepsake Ornament

This ornament is perfect for any cat lover. Bobcats, cougars and domestic cats all have similar tracks, differing only in size. This ornament has a perfect cat track in the center. Sure to please.