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Ohio’s Verified Bobcat Sightings Increase to 200

October 6, 2014
ODNR

COLUMBUS, OH - ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists verified 200 bobcat sightings in Ohio in 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year more than 100 verified sightings were recognized in Ohio, and the first time sightings increased to 200.

Notes:

Of the 200 verified sightings, 113 were recognized from photographs or videos. Additional sightings were verified through 54 road kills, 21 incidentally trapped animals, seven sightings by qualified personnel, two struck by trains, one verified sighting of tracks, one killed by a dog, and one shot.

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This is the fourth consecutive year more than 100 verified Bobcat sightings were recognized in Ohio, and the first time sightings increased to 200.

Noble County continues to have the most verified sightings, with 32. An additional 106 sightings were confirmed in the counties immediately surrounding Noble (Guernsey, Belmont, Monore, Washington, Morgan, and Muskingum).

Bobcats were confirmed in 36 counties during 2013, and have been verified in 49 counties since 1970.

The division collected an additional 226 unverified bobcat sightings in 2013. Most unverified sightings were reported through species observation cards. Unverified sightings have occurred in 86 of Ohio's 88 counties since 1970.

Bobcats once roamed across Ohio, but they were extirpated around 1850 as more people settled within the state. A handful of unverified bobcat sightings in the 1960s announced the return of the species.

The bobcat was recently removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species List, but it remains protected in the state.

FACTS ABOUT BOBCATS:

The most common wildcat in North America

Named for its short, bobbed tail

They are medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black.

Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits, hares and occasionally eat rodents, birds, bats, deer, which they usually consume during the winter months, as well as lambs, poultry and young pigs when a ranch is near.

Approximately 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats remain in the wild.

 
 

 

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