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.
An ancillary or replacement group may form related to cats in general and a studies-oriented group.
A proposal to a cat-food company might be considered.
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 cottontail 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.
This is a financial break-even activity with gains probably equaling salaries and costs.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 2, 2005
A Proposed Studies Program of The Cat Group
The grounds for Rural System are those of finding and using financial incentives for improved land management and conservation. It seeks to exploit the billions of public dollars invested in research findings that have never been used. It rarely seeks to even consider "basic research" for there are immediate needs of people and their resources that cannot wait for such results. It advocates a "rationally robust" approach (publication available) to studies with feedback within the context of general systems theory. It operates on the grounds that people with sound scientific educations can and need to do applied work along with studies. These are synergistic activities, modern R and D, leading to enhanced knowledge bases, landscape models, and to improved computer-enhanced decisions for improving conditions for people now and for the future.
The following studies represent a planned program of work for about 10 years. There will be many articles, reports, photographs, and webcam opportunities resulting that become part of an advertising and public-awareness program for the corporation. The work will benefit the image of the corporation, enhance its public relations, add value to products for customers, provide controls for appropriate charitable contributions, and while contributing to the general public pool of knowledge, will assure priority opportunities for using the findings. Leadership will be noted for the corporation in its sorely-needed efforts to sustain studies in practical ecological and environmental topics. Counteraction is needed generally for recent negative claims about low cat food quality and BSE dangers. We know what to do with the results of each of the following studies and study programs to increase profits, reduce risks, effectively compete, or diversify products for profit-stability.