Watch a ‘Quiet as a Mouse’ Bobcat Sneak Up on a Deer and Pounce for Its Dinner

Written by Kellianne Matthews
Updated: April 27, 2023
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Key Points:
  • Bobcats are considered to be the smallest kind of lynx.
  • Impressively agile, they are capable of attacking with astonishing speed.
  • They are also capable of taking on larger prey as seen in this video

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “as quiet as a mouse,” but what about the bobcat? This nimble feline can sneak up on its prey with surprising stealth in order to make a successful hunt. Recently, a video surfaced that showcased this incredible agility and grace when a bobcat silently snuck up on three deer grazing on a steep hillside. The ensuing battle between the two animals was an epic tale worthy of being retold.

In the video, we see the bobcat quietly creeping up behind the lowest deer on the hillside, deliberately moving with extreme stealth and slowness. The bobcat inches slowly toward the deer until he is just inches behind it. The bobcat’s tail twitches slightly, which is the only indication that something is going to happen, and then pounces with lightning speed.

Head shot of a bobcat
Bobcats are cute, wild, and yet ferocious medium-sized cats that live just about anywhere in North America.

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It leaps onto the deer’s back and flips it over as they both roll down the hill in an intense struggle for victory. The deer is clearly several times larger than the bobcat, but the skill of the bobcat cannot be matched. As the two animals plummet down the hill, each one rolling and flipping over the other in quick succession, they hit a fallen tree.  At this point, it looks like the deer just might escape as it throws its body up and forward, away from the bobcat. However, this is quickly thwarted by an impressive display of agility from the bobcat who grabs onto the deer and swings it back toward him mid-tumble, and the two resume their rolling tumble down the cliffside.

To watch such a savvy hunter employ its skills so masterfully is quite remarkable. The quickness and precision of this particular bobcat left viewers in awe as it demonstrated just how well nature has equipped these felines to survive in their environment despite their small size relative to their prey. It’s almost enough to make you root for this cunning cat!

This amazing video offers us a glimpse into how nature works when predators have to hunt for food. It also serves as a reminder that our wild spaces are full of surprises if you take the time to observe them closely enough — you never know what you might find! So next time you venture out into nature, be sure to keep your eyes peeled; you just might get lucky enough to witness something as captivating as this bobcat sneaking up on its dinner!

Do Bobcats Usually Attack Deer?

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Bobcats may take on deer and have even been known to pilfer pythons’ eggs

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Only occasionally. Several videos exist of these wild felines taking on unsuspecting cervids in an attempt to procure their supper pouncing on their victims and biting their throats.

When no deer are in their immediate vicinity, bobcats focus on mice, rabbits, rats, and squirrels.

They also hunt birds and have been known to take on both wild and domestic turkeys, as well.

But perhaps their most impressive feat is their ability to pilfer Burmese pythons’ eggs in the absence of the parent. A truly high-risk venture which they have been known to undertake successfully to the astonishment of wildlife experts.

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The bobcat is the smallest type of lynx cat breed.
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