Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The University of Vermont
Rubenstein School of Environment and  Natural Resources
Burlington, VT 05405

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BOBCATS

An Evaluation of Bobcat Habitat Use and Movements in Northwestern and Central Vermont   

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Principal Investigator:  Therese Donovan

Cooperators:

Kim Royar, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tom Decker, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
John Austin, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Graduate Student:  Mark Freeman

Funding Sources:

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

Abstract:

Bobcats are one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the contiguous U.S.   In the Northeast, the bobcat is listed as a furbearer, and is harvested under regulated trapping and hunting seasons.  The bobcat has been identified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

In northwestern Vermont, rocky ledges,  wetlands, and corridors appear to be important habitat, based on trapper surveys and sightings.   As with other species in northwestern Vermont, bobcat habitat is threatened by the rapid pace at which agricultural and forest lands are being developed , which results in loss of potential breeding habitat and loss of habitat connectivity.  Additionally, increased traffic volume associated with increased development may place bobcats at risk.  Roads may increase mortality of bobcats through collisions with vehicles, and may affect breeding, behavior, and movement by fragmenting bobcat habitat and by increasing human access to formerly undisturbed areas.                                      

The goal of this study is to evaluate  habitat use and movements of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in northwestern Vermont in order to direct future conservation actions for this species. Our objectives are to 1) Examine habitat types and their use by bobcats in Northwestern and Central Vermont, 2) Evaluate the effect of a) landscape fragmentation, c) road density, and d) human density on bobcat habitat use, birth rate, and survival probability, 3) Evaluate bobcat movements in response to road density, road type, and traffic volume. 

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