Bobcats are indigenous to southern Nevada. The Bobcat's habitat include forest areas (like Mt. Charleston), semi-desert areas (like Las Vegas valley, Henderson, Boulder City and Clark County), mountains and foothills (much like the newly developed areas to the south of Henderson and Las Vegas), and your backyard.
Bobcats are predators and the rapidly growing people population, although
encroaching on the Bobcats' territory, is providing a source of food for the
Bobcats that are adapting well to the growth. Not only are small,
unattended, household pets easy targets for Bobcats, but trash cans and
dumpsters provide a variety of food for a predator that is hungry.
If you see a Bobcat in your yard, do not corner it. Make sure it has an escape route and make a lot of noise (like banging on pots and pans) to scare it away.
Turn your water hose on and spray it at the Bobcat, to chase it away. Keep low lying brush and bushes cleared away, as Bobcats will use this for cover.
If you know there has been a Bobcat sighting in your area, do not leave your small pet unattended in your yard.
Do not feed wildlife, like birds and chipmunks, because they will attract a Bobcat.
Keep all trash in secured trash cans and keep all dumpsters shut.
For further information about Nevada's wildlife, please visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife's website, and click on the "Wildlife, Habitat, and Conservation" link.