Western States Bobcat Project
Officially titled, “Estimating Multi-State Bobcat Populations to Inform State Management Decisions throughout the Western U.S.,” funding from SCI Foundation is now being used to organize bobcat data via the Wildlife Ecology Institute’s Western U.S. Bobcat Project conducted by Dr. Tim Hiller. Ultimately the goal of this project is to guide state agencies that plan to continue or begin harvesting bobcats while backing their decisions with hard science.
Species involved: Bobcat
Project partner: Wildlife Ecology Institute
Total SCIF Investment: $77,000 (HLF Funded) (Total need: $136,104)
Year SCIF began involvement: 2017 (Timeline: 2017-2019)
1) Fully evaluate harvest data available from 17 western states and identify any data gaps.
2) Assess aging and sex identification techniques currently in place.
3) Estimate bobcat population size at the state-scale.
Evidence to support sustainable harvest of wildlife is becoming increasingly scrutinized, so state wildlife agencies must provide a solid foundation for informed and defensible management decisions. This project will provide a framework for all western states to follow and use as a baseline to develop their own data collection protocols. The data from this project will also give states the data to defend and possibly expand hunting opportunities regionally.
Want to learn more about the project? Visit SCIF’s First for Wildlife blog.