Although similar to the cougar, they are weaker, and also do less damage; however, they are some of the fastest animals in the game. Due to their relative scarcity, their parts are worth almost twice as much, making them one of the most profitable animals to hunt.
Bobcats are less common than cougars, and only appear in a handful of locations. They spawn most frequently in Mexico, typically not far from the San Luis River in the northwestern areas of the map, and within the wilderness of Perdido and Diez Coronas. They have been known to also appear southwest of Escalera.
They cannot be found in New Austin. However, they can be found uncommonly in West Elizabeth within Tall Trees, specifically the southwestern area of Tall Trees. They have a tendency to spawn outside Bearclaw Camp, as well as along the river west of Tanner's Reach, and near Aurora Basin.
One random encounter has the player find a man being chased by one or two bobcats.
- Bobcats are smaller than humans, and are roughly twice the size of a domesticated cat. In Mexico, they have distinct golden, spotted fur. In the United States, they have grey-black fur, and look much like coyotes.
- Unlike stated above, they have one significant difference with cougars: cougars will attack even when sighted, and will not flee from hearing gunshots; however, a bobcat will flee as soon as they are sighted, and will flee from the sound of gunshots. When bobcats attack, however, they will go for an immediate attack - unlike cougars, which usually sneak up from the side when on foot, and only attack directly when the player is on a horse.
- For the Multiplayer "hunting ground" area, bobcats are arguably the most difficult animals to kill. Unlike the grizzly bear, cougar, or wolf, it does not run at the player in a straight line, making headshots difficult. The bobcat is also one of the faster predatory animals in the game, being nearly as fast as a horse sprinting off-road. In the Hunting Ground minigame, the bobcat can take up to 6 shots with the Henry Repeater to kill. Also, given the sheer numbers the player usually faces in the Hunting Ground, the bobcat can be a nightmare, even though it appears to be a small, measly "kitten".
- Bobcats in Multiplayer are more aggressive than in Single Player.
- If walking slowly through an area, a bobcat will sometimes reveal its presence with constant growling and snarling. The player can use the volume of these sounds to track its location.
- Bobcats do not appear in Undead Nightmare. They were originally going to be in Redemption 2 but were scrapped. They are also the only animal from the first game not to return in the second one.
- Despite not returning as an actual animal in Redemption 2, a decorative belt buckle, available to the player via Outlaw Pass No. 4, seemingly depicts an anthropomorphized bobcat in a desert scene, wearing a similar hat and poncho to Javier Escuella's outfit from story mode.
- Bobcats and cougars share the same sound files.
- Occasionally, you may encounter an NPC being attacked by Bobcat.
The player must kill a bobcat to successfully complete the following achievement:
Kill every animal species in the game in any game mode.