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Bobcat in the field by NebraskaLand MagazineBobcat Control

Scientific Name: Lynx rufus

Damage

Photo Credits: NebraskaLand Magazine
Kills small livestock, poultry; wild turkey and small game.

 

 

Bobcat skull, lateral view. Photo by Dallas VirchowSigns

A bobcat skull.Description: Note the lack of a long nose as in canines and the presence of large eye orbits.Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow

 

Footprints:

  • Heel Pad Marks may be bi-lobed or concave at front (Canines have single lobe at front)
  • Front Feet 2 in. X 2 in. Claw Marks Rare
  • Tracks 9 to 13 inches (228-330mm) between tracks--straddle is very narrow, making for a single line of tracks.

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Control of Bobcats

Habitat Modification

Not practical for large areas. Fencing can be useful to protect small areas.

Frightening Devices

Flashing, white lights, loud music or dogs to protect livestock

Repellents

None registered

Trapping

 Bobcats can be captured by a number of traps including footholds, body grips or cage traps; kill or live snare sets;

#2 coilspring foothold. Photo by Dallas VirchowFoot hold trap Description: A number 2 coilspring may best be used in sandy soil.Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cage trapped bobcat. Photo by Wes Patrickbobcat in cage Description: Shows bobcat in cage trap, not easily caught.Photo Credits: Wes Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting

Calling and shooting;

Living with Bobcats

Living with Bobcats--Arizona Game & Fish

 

University Publications

 

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