Monday, October 08, 2007

IA Bobcat study

See any bobcats? Call bobcat hotline

By JULI PROBASCO-SOWERS

REGISTER STAFF WRITER

 

October 7, 2007

 

Iowa Department of Natural Resources researchers are asking trappers for assistance in a continuing study on bobcats in south-central Iowa.

 

A presentation on the study will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Pin Oak Lodge, Lucas County Conservation Headquarters, Chariton.

 

This is the final year of a five-year study that tracks bobcat movements using radio collars.

 

Research covers Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Warren and Marion counties. While the emphasis is on incidental trapping of live bobcats, the department would like dead bobcats as well.

 

Dead bobcats provide information on such things as genetics, reproduction, age structure and diet analysis.

 

Gosselink said trappers who have a live bobcat should call him immediately and not attempt to release the bobcat. The 24-hour bobcat hotline is (641) 203-2218.

 

Officials also are asking the public to report bobcat sightings throughout the state by calling the bobcat hotline.

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