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Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Phase 1 (2009-2011)

Captures

Phase 1 Bobcat Capture Summary

In 2009 one female bobcat was too small (6.6 kg) to be collared.



Bobcat recovering from immobilization drugs.

Figure 1: Bobcat recovering from immobilization drugs.

Predation investigation (cluster) results

Phase 1 Bobcat Cluster Summary

Because we investigated a variable number of clusters each year, for comparison, the summary above displays a scaled percentage axis where the red portion of the bar displays percent of clusters with a fawn predation and the black portion of the bar displays the percent of clusters without a fawn predation. The value in white within each red or black bar displays the actual number of clusters with or without a fawn predation, respectively.





Project researcher, Jared Duquette, measuring canine tooth spacing of an immobilized bobcat.

Figure 2: Project researcher, Jared Duquette, measuring canine tooth spacing of an immobilized bobcat.

Example bobcat home range using 95% fixed kernel density estimation techniques.
Figure 3: Example bobcat home range using 95% fixed kernel density estimation techniques. This male bobcat (BC08) was collared from 10 May - 06 September 2011 and had a home range size of 58 square kilometers or 22 square miles. The disjoint areas in the home ranges (smaller polygons) are present because the individual did not use the area between the larger and smaller polygons although they traveled between those areas.


Phase 2 (2013-2015)

Captures

Phase 2 - Bobcat Capture

In 2013 two female bobcats were too small (5.9 and 5.6 kg) to be collared. In 2014 two female bobcats were too small (4.5 and 6.6 kg) to be collared. In 2015 one female bobcat was too small (7.3 kg) to be collared).



Bobcat caught in live trap during winter bobcat capture season.

Figure 4: Bobcat caught in live trap during winter bobcat capture season.

Predation investigation (cluster) results

Phase II Bobcat Cluster Summary

Because we investigated a variable number of clusters each year, for comparison, the summary above displays a scaled percentage axis where the red portion of the bar displays percent of clusters with a fawn predation and the black portion of the bar displays the percent of clusters without a fawn predation. The value in white within each red or black bar displays the actual number of clusters with or without a fawn predation, respectively.



Project researcher, Ashley Lutto, checking heart rate on an immobilized bobcat during capture work up.

Figure 5: Project researcher, Ashley Lutto, checking heart rate on an immobilized bobcat during capture work up.




Example bobcat home ranges using 95% fixed kernel density estimation techniques.

Figure 6: Example bobcat home ranges using 95% fixed kernel density estimation techniques. The male bobcat (BC106) was collared from 14 March - 08 October 2014 and had a home range size of 158 square kilometers or 61 square miles. The female bobcat (BC103) was collared from 18 March - 29 August 2013 and had a home range of 27 square kilometers or 10 square miles.


Phase 3 (2017-2019)

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