Southern Canada to Baja California and central Mexico
Tail length: 4 to 6 inches; body length: 30 to 43 inches; weight: up to 35 pounds. It has a broad head and tufted, pointed ears, razor-sharp claws, a tawny to olive brown coat with black spots and streaks, and a white, black-spotted belly. The crown is streaked with black and the backs of the ears are heavily marked with black. The short tail has a black tip, but only on the upper side. There is a ruff of fur extending from the ears to the jowls, giving the impression of sideburns.