Friday, July 06, 2007

Vt. researchers look for help finding bobcat collars

UPDATED: 4:16 pm EDT July 5, 2007

WATERBURY, Vt. -- Vermont wildlife researchers are asking for help in tracking down collars that are used to follow the movements of bobcats over the past two years.

Researchers with the Agency of Natural Resources are looking for the public's help in finding the high-tech GPS tracking collars they have placed on bobcats since 2006.

The collars are designed to fall off the animal after four months, just before the batteries die. That's when the collar will send out a signal allowing researchers to find them.

The collars store information on the bobcat's travels and help show their preferred habitats and home range. Out of the 33 collars used in the past two years, only ten have been found.

A spokeswoman for the agency said people walking through the woods will sometimes find them.

"Obtaining data from the collars is critically important to the success of this project," said Kimberly Royar, the biologist in charge of managing Vermont's bobcat population.

If you find one of the collars, contact the ANR's Fish and Wildlife division at 802-241-3700.

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