2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

The Current Status of the Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in Northeast Missouri
Gerrad D. Jones
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor

This project addresses the alleged increase of Bobcat (Lynx rufus) populations in Northeast Missouri. Historically, bobcats were wide spread across North America, but over the past two centuries populations have declined drastically. Recent evidence suggests that populations are rebounding, but the last scientific study conducted in Missouri was in 1981. The objectives of this study were to 1) verify claims of increased bobcat activity in Northeast Missouri; 2) determine population from home range sizes; and 3) estimate population densities for other areas of Northeast Missouri. From March to June 2003, 87 photographs were taken representing six species: Dumetella calolinensis, Sciurus carolinensis, Didelphis virginiana, Odocoilius virginianus, Procyon lotor, and Buteo jamaicensis. Live trapping occurred from June 11 to July 27 2003 accumulating a total of 185 trap nights and capturing two species: Didelphis virginiana and Procyon lotor. Trapping resumed in January 2004 and will end March 2004.

Keywords: Bobcats, Home Range, Radio Telemetry

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 47-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 3:45

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