Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Interactions and Spatial Relationships
ResultsHome range overlap for neighboring males was greatest during fall-winter (23%). Neighboring females exhibited similar home range overlap during all seasons (19-21%). For males and females with neighboring or overlapping home ranges, greatest overlap occurred during breeding-gestation (33%).
Core area overlap for neighboring males was minimal during breeding-gestation during all seasons. Similarly, core area overlap for neighboring females was minimal during all seasons. For males and females with neighboring or overlapping home ranges, greatest overlap occurred during breeding-gestation (9%).
We documented no instances of bobcats traveling together (direct contact) within home ranges. Bobcats were documented as being within 50 m of each other while being simultaneously monitored. Ten instances of bobcats being within 50 m of each other were neighboring females, whereas only 4 were neighboring males. Most instances of bobcats being within 500 m or less were males and females that shared portions of overlapping home ranges.