Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Influence of Weather on Movement and Activity
ResultsUsing multiple linear regression to model movement rates as a function of seasonal weather conditions, during breeding-gestation movement rates were most related to barometric trend as movement rates generally increased with decreasing barometric trend. During fall-winter, movement rates were most related to rainfall and wind direction. Bobcats moved at greater rates when wind direction was from the south, but movement rates decreased during rain events. During parturition-young rearing, movement rates were most related to temperature and rainfall. Movement rates increased with decreasing temperatures and decreased during rain events.
Using logistic regression to model seasonal activity as a function of weather conditions, during breeding-gestation no variables were retained within our models. During fall-winter, wind direction, dewpoint, barometric pressure, and relative humidity were most related to activity. Bobcat activity increased with increasing barometric pressure and relative humidity, but decreased with increasing dewpoint and wind directions from the north-northeast. During parturition-young rearing, barometric pressure was most related to activity. Bobcat activity increased with decreasing barometric pressure. Model classification rates ranged from 40% to 80%.