We offer free estimates for trapping Bobcat on your farms, properties, neighborhoods, communuties, golf courses, and farms. If you have observed any Bobcat near your home or farm, please call us. Bobcat are highly dangerous and are a rabies vector species. Rabid Bobcat may attack people. Rabid Bobcats are a threat to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife.
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Bobcats only occasionally cause nuisance problems and avoid areas of high human disturbance and development. They may occasionally prey on smaller livestock such as goats or chickens but overall are not a major nuisance problem.
Bobcats are listed as protected furbearers or game animals in most states. Most state wildife agencies allow for the taking of Bobcats to protect private property. Check state regulations before initiating control.
The Bobcat is the most widely distributed native felid in North America and is found statewide in Georgia. It can occupy a wide variety of habitats due to its wide prey base. Typical Bobcat habitat in Georgia is mixed forest and agricultural areas that have a high percentage of early successional stages. Home range size depends on the sex of the Bobcat and the quality of the habitat. Males generally have a much larger home range size than females with some males having a home range size of over 10 square miles. Females home range size may be less than one square mile. Home ranges of both sexes of Bobcats may overlap.
Bobcat Control Methods
Trapping Bobcats are more easily trapped than are coyotes or foxes, but the bobcat’s reclusiveness makes set locations difficult to find. When hunting, bobcats use their sense of smell less than coyotes do, so lures and baits are usually not effective. The bobcat’s acute vision, hearing, and inquisitiveness however, can be capitalized upon. Even with the best sets, bobcats cannot be lured from their course of travel more than a few yards (m). The bobcat’s use of dense cover for capturing rodents and rabbits can be used in capture techniques to guide the animal or even its footsteps. Many of the same sets used for foxes and coyotes will also catch bobcats. Few sets that target bobcats will catch other predators. Bobcats can be led by guide sticks or brush to dirt hole or flat sets where proper lures are used.
Bobcats respond to predator calls at night and can be shot. Use a red, blue, or amber lens with an 80,000- to 200,000-candlepower (lumen) spotlight to locate bobcats. Sources of predator calls are found in Supplies and Materials. Dogs trained to track bobcats can be useful in removing problem animals. Bobcats can be shot after being treed. Bobcats may develop a time pattern in their depredations on livestock or poultry. You can lie in wait and ambush the bobcat as it comes in for the kill. Rifles of .22 centerfire or larger, or shotguns with 1 1/4 ounces (35 g) or more of No. 2 or larger shot are recommended, since bobcats are rather large and require considerable killing power.
Use woven-wire enclosures to discourage bobcats from entering poultry and small animal pens at night. Bobcats can climb, so wooden fence posts or structures that give the bobcat footing may not be effective. Bobcats also have the ability to jump fences 6 feet (1.8 m) or more in height. Use woven wire overhead if necessary. Fences are seldom totally effective except in very small enclosures. Use night lighting with white flashing lights, or bright continuous lighting, to repel bobcats. You can also use blaring music, barking dogs, or changes in familiar structures to temporarily discourage bobcats.
Bobcat information provided by GeorgiaWildlife.com, The Bobcat is a carnivore and an opportunistic predator. Common prey items include mice, rats, rabbits and various other small mammals. However, Bobcats will also prey on reptiles, birds and feral cats. Bobcats can prey on animals as large as deer and will feed on hunter killed or road-killed deer.
The breeding season can begin as early as January and run through March. Most female and male Bobcats do not breed until their second year. The average Bobcat litter is 2 - 3 kittens following a 62-day gestation period. Dens may be located in caves, rock piles, hollow logs or trees, or under fallen trees. Den sites may be used several years in a row. Bobcat kittens weigh 10 -12 ounces at birth and may gain up to 0.4 ounces per day. Their eyes are closed at birth and remain closed for approximately 10 days.
Kitten survival is linked to food abundance with years of plentiful food resulting in better kitten survival and years of poor food availability resulting in heavy mortality on Bobcat kittens. Weaning takes place at around 12 weeks of age and the kittens begin hunting with their mother at around 5 months of age. Males do not assist with the raising of young, and except for the breeding season, lead predominantly solitary lives. Juvenile Bobcats leave their mother before she gives birth the following year. Some studies have shown the juveniles leaving the first fall after their birth while other studies indicate the juveniles leaving the following spring.
Mortality on Bobcats can be caused directly by other animals, by competition with other animals for food, diseases and parasites, and by man. Coyotes, hawks, and owls may prey on Bobcat kittens and coyotes may out compete Bobcats (especially juveniles) in years with low prey abundance. Rabies, tularemia, feline panleukopenia, leptospirosis, and various other diseases and parasites may cause mortality in Bobcats. Bobcats routinely reach 5-6 years of age and sometimes reach 12-13 years old in the wild. Captive Bobcats have reached over 30 years of age.
Bobcats in Georgia are classified both as a game animal and a furbearer. This allows hunters and trappers to pursue the Bobcat within regulated seasons. Hunting techniques for Bobcat include the use of dogs and the use of manual predator calls. Trappers annually harvest between 1,200 and 1,800 Bobcats while hunters harvest 3 -5 times that many. The economic value of Bobcat pelts varies depending on demand, fur thickness, color, number and brightness of spots, pelt size, etc. In the period 2000-2006, Bobcat hunters and trappers have received $25 - $70 per pelt, depending on pelt size, color, fur thickness, and spottiness.