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North America’s Top 10 Most Fearsome Predators

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About twice the size of the average house cat, the bobcat is nonetheless the smallest of the genus known as Lynx.

Don't take the seemingly friendly "bob" part of its name to mean that this cat is anything but fierce.

Like a previous predator on this list, the shark, a bobcat like to keep moving.

It keeps on the run from three hours before sunset until about midnight, and then again from before dawn until three hours after sunrise. Each night it will move from 2 to 7 miles along its habitual route.

This cat can survive for long periods without food, but will eat heavily when prey is abundant.

The bobcat hunts by stalking its prey and then ambushing it with a short chase or pounce. Its preference is for mammals weighing about 1.5 to 12.5 pounds, but is forced to get bolder when food is scarce.

In those cases, it will prey on larger animals it can kill and return to feed on later.

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