Ohio University Researchers Find Bobcat Population Rising
They feel there is room for growth
Ohio University researchers report that bobcats – Lynx rufus, the furry, spotty felines, not the OHIO students – are expanding across the state and have adequate habitat to continue rebounding.
Researchers led by Viorel Popescu, Ph.D., have been studying the ecology and threats to the bobcat population over the past four years. Their overarching goal is to evaluate the status and viability of Ohio’s bobcat population.
As part of this Ohio Department of Natural Resources-funded study, new research recently published in the open-access journal PeerJ investigates how bobcats use habitats and habitat connectivity – how the landscape helps or hinders the bobcats’ movement – and whether that would allow them to continue expanding across Ohio.
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