BOBCATS (Lynx rufus)

Dallas Virchow Fig. 1. Bobcat, Lynx rufus
Extension Assistant-Wildlife Damage Control
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0974

Denny Hogeland
District Director
Nebraska Fur Harvesters
Bridgeport, Nebraska 69336

Additional Bobcat Control Control Information


Thanks are due to Major Boddicker, who authored this chapter in the 1983 edition of this manual. The sections on identification, habitat, food habits, general biology, and economics were adapted from his work. Thanks also go to Bill Phillips, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Chuck McCullough, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, for their information. Figure 1 from Schwartz and Schwartz (1981). Figure 2 by Sheri Bordeaux. Figures 3 through 6, 8 and 9 by Denny Hogeland, adapted by Sheri Bordeaux. Figure 7 adapted from M. L. Boddicker, 1980.

For Additional Information

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Bailey, T. N. 1980. Factors of bobcat social organization and some management implications. Proc. Worldwide Furbearer Conf. 2:984-1000.

Blair, C. 1981. Predator caller's companion. Winchester Press, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 267 pp.

Blum, L. G., and P. C. Escherich. 1979. Bobcat research conference proceedings, current research on biology and management of Lynx rufus. Natl. Wildl. Fed. Sci. Tech. Ser. 6 137 pp.

Boddicker, M. L., (ed.). 1980. Managing Rocky Mountain furbearers. Colorado Trappers Assoc. LaPorte, Colorado. 176 pp.

Clark, T. W., and M. R. Stromberg. 1987. Mammals in Wyoming. Univ. Kansas Museum Nat. Hist. 319 pp.

Crowe, D. M. 1972. The presence of annuli in bobcat tooth cementum layers. J. Wildl. Manage. 36:1330-1332.

Crowe, D. M. 1975a. A model for exploited bobcat populations in Wyoming. J. Wildl. Manage. 39:408-415.

Crowe, D. M. 1975b. Aspects of aging, growth, and reproduction of bobcats from Wyoming. J. Mammal. 56:177-198.

Deems, E. F., and D. Pursley, (eds.). 1983. North American furbearers — a contemporary reference. Int. Assoc. Fish Wildl. Agencies and Maryland Dep. Nat. Resour., Annapolis. 223 pp.

Fredrickson L. 1981. Bobcat management. South Dakota Conserv. Digest 48:10-13.

Gluesing, E. A., S. D. Miller, and R. M. Mitchell. 1986. Management of the North American bobcat: information needs for nondetrimental findings. Trans. N. A. Wildl. Nat. Resour. Conf. 51:183-192.

Grawe, A. 1981. Grawe’s snaring methods. Wahpeton, North Dakota. 48 pp.

Johnson, C. 1979. The bobcat trappers bible. Spearman Publ. Sutton, Nebraska. 32 pp.

Karpowitz, J. F., and J. T. Flinders. 1979. Bobcat research in Utah: a progress report. Natl. Wildl. Fed. Sci. Tech. Ser. 6:70-73

Koehler, G. 1987. The bobcat. Pages 399-409 in R. L. De Silvestro, ed. Audubon Wildlife Report 1987. Natl. Audubon Soc., New York. 

Krause, T. 1981. Dynamite snares and snaring. Spearman Pub., Sutton, Nebraska. 80 pp.

McCord, C. M., and L. E. Cardoza. 1982. Bobcat and lynx. Pages 728-768 in J. A. Chapman and G. A. Feldhamer, eds. Wild mammals of North America: biology, management, and economics. The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Baltimore, Maryland.

Musgrave, B., and C. Blair. 1979. Fur trapping. Winchester Press, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 246 pp.

Robinson, W. B. 1953. Population trends of predators and fur animals in 1080 station areas. J. Mammal. 34:220-227.

Rue, L. 1981. Furbearing animals of North America. Crown Pub., New York. 343 pp.

Sampson, F. W. 1967. Missouri bobcats. Missouri Conserv. 28:7.

Schwartz, C. W., and E. R. Schwartz. 1981. The wild mammals of Missouri, rev. ed. Univ. Missouri Press, Columbia. 356 pp.

Scott, J. 1977. On the track of the lynx. Colorado Outdoors 26:1-3.

Wassmer, D. A., D. D. Guenther, and J. N. Layn. 1988. Ecology of the bobcat in south-central Florida. Bulls. Florida St. Museum, Biol. Sci. 33:159-228.

Weiland, G. 1976. Long liner cat trapping. Garold Weiland, Pub. Glenham, South Dakota. 25 pp.

Young, S. P. 1941. Hints on bobcat trapping. US Fish Wildl. Serv. Circ. No. 1, US Govt. Print. Off., Washington, DC. 6 pp.

Young, S. P. 1958. The bobcat of North America. Stackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 193 pp.


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