The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is renowned for its ferocity but it rarely attacks humans. There are probably about a million bobcats in the United States with greater population densities in some areas than in others where it has been driven out as a pest. It will eat small domestic animals and poultry but is more likely to hunt rodents, rabbits, large birds, reptiles and small deer. It stalks its prey and pounces on the unwary victim, snapping the neck with its jaws. Once extensively hunted for its pelt, it is now listed as a species of special concern and although some states allow regulated hunting it is protected in others. It lives a solitary life and males and females come together only to mate in the early spring.