Distinguishing Cougars, Bobcats, and Domestic Cats

Body shape and size of cougars, bobcats, and domestic cats

Cougar, bobcat, and domestic cat silhouettes

Cougar (Puma concolor)

Body:
5 - 6 feet long

Tail:
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 feet long
40% of body length from nose to tail tip)
Heavily furred

Adult Weight:
75 - 180 lbs

Coloration:
Plain yellowish to red-brown
Black coloring on end of tail and tips of ears, ears rounded
Young have spots

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Body:
3 1/2 feet long

Tail:
Approximately 6 inches

Adult Weight:
10 - 40 lbs

Coloration:
Similar to cougar
Black coloring on end of tail and tips of ears, ears pointed with small tufts of fur
Young have spots