Learn About Shoshoni

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-12yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 15-30lbs
  • Height: 2ft (at shoulder)
  • Range in the Wild: North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Diverse - forests, swamps, deserts, near urban interface
  • Diet: Carnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, birds
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, venison, elk, poultry
    • Gender: Female
    • Birth: 1999
    • Arrival: March 1999

Shoshoni was picked up illegally as a kitten in Idaho and transported to Grants Pass where she was brought to Wildlife Images with some injuries. Upon arrival, she was unhealthy, as she was not being fed a properly balanced diet. Because she was so young (approximately 3-4 weeks old) she could have potentially survived in the wild after being raised and taught how to hunt. Sadly, because of someone’s poor decision to take her out of the wild, she was not able to be released because she had come to us from another state entirely. Not knowing her origins, what diseases she could have been exposed to, etc. she was deemed a permanent resident to safeguard our local population of bobcats. Yet another example of what happens when we try to make wildlife into pets.