Bobcats in georgia

Bobcats in georgia

Bobcats in georgia

All small animals that are different from the local species are called "Wildlife" not "Invasive Species".


I had my first encounter in years the other morning with a bobcat — and it was a sad one. I was driving on U.S. 280 in Wilcox County near the county seat of Abbeville in South Georgia when I spied a large animal lying along the road — an apparent road kill vicBut instead of a wild hog, it was a male bobcat that apparently had been struck by a car during the night. Although it was dead, it was the first bobcat I’ve seen in the wild in many years. Even those previous sightings were fleeting, not lasting more than a few seconds. (Source:It saddened me to see such a beautiful animal lying there, with its characteristic short “bobbed” tail, yellowish brown spotted fur and graceful muscular body. Although common in upland forests, swamps and other habitats throughout Georgia, the bobcat’s extreme shyness, solitude and reclusiveness, and the fact that it hunts and roams mostly at night, make it seldom seen. Bobcats occasionally are detected at night, though, by wildlife cameras.

Good climbers and fierce hunters, bobcats can kill prey much bigger than themselves, but usually eat rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels, and other smaller game. Bobcats’ breeding season commences this month and runs through March, so the animals may be roaming more than usual during the next few months. About two months from now, the year’s first bobcat litters — an average of 2-3 kittens each — will be born in dens in hollow logs or rocky crevices. (Source: www.ajc.com)


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.It has been known to kill deer or pronghorn, and sometimes to hunt elk in western North America, especially in winter when smaller prey is scarce, or when deer populations become more abundant. One study in the Everglades showed a large majority of kills (33 of 39) were fawns, According to the Yellowstone showed a large number of kills (15 of 20) were includes elk calves, but prey up to eight times the bobcat's weight could be successfully taken. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)




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