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The Bobcat Group

Similar to The Black Bear Group, The Bobcat Group is designed to work with The Wilderness Group and others and to strive to develop a dynamic, modern managerial studies program that includes tours.

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a valuable part of the wildlife resource of the state and region. It is widespread in the nation. In addition to being a fur resource, it has been listed as endangered in some areas, a predator in others. It is high in wildland food chains and thus has potentials as a biological monitor. It is a significant predator and can serve as a fundamental link to improved understandings of basic predator-prey relations. Seeing one may be a lifetime recreational high point. It requires advanced ecological communities and, because of this, it is an indicator organism, a key to assessing the development of land. It is thus one measure of reclamation success and for some "land health" or "land integrity.".

The main objective of the Group is to create a center for the study and utilization of the bobcat as a vital natural resource. This is a proposed research laboratory but also a center for the long-term investigation of bobcats of the region - their ecology, economics, esthetics, and energetics. It includes education, analyses of the animal as a pest and predator, and the development of predator-prey theory and related software. It includes art sales, photography, publications, tours, and extended relations with people interested in the wild cats of the world. A membership for people interested in the cat, the cat family, and international feline resources is conceived. The bobcat can become the center of a new enterprise.

Population increases involve managing rcottontail and rodent habitat, denning sites probably learned through radio-tracking), and maintaining large contiguous tracts of forest and fields with den juxtaposition. Some areas may not be able to sustain cat populations over the long run.

It may add a component on the eastern cougar (Canis concolor) , reported to be present and having increasing sightings, probably in relation to urbanization, dog control, and high deer populations. Reported attacks of hikers make this increase notable as efforts are made with the Wildland Walkers.

Costs of studies and related development parallel those of the black bear. Detailed proposals and analyses will be supplied upon request.

Notes on preliminary studies are available.


Development costs: $50,000. This is a break-even activity with gains probably equaling salaries and costs.
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