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DNR Seeks Bobcat Carcasses For Ecology Research Project

The St. Marys Oracle of St Marys, West Virginia

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and West Virginia University (WVU) are asking trappers and hunters to donate bobcat carcasses to assist in collecting much-needed data on bobcat populations in the state. The Bobcat Ecology Research Project is in its second and final year of data collection.

Carcasses provide reproductive and age information which will be used to model the state's bobcat population, letting biologists know how the bobcat population is faring, as well as how it will respond to any changes in bag limits and season lengths.

In 2014, 297 bobcat carcasses were collected from trappers and hunters. So far, carcass examinations have indicated a fairly healthy population. Female reproductive tract, stomach content, disease, parasite and age structure analyses are still being conducted. Preliminary results should be available this winter and will be posted in the West Virginia Furbearer Management Newsletter on the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

DNR and WVU personnel hope to collect 300 bobcat carcasses during the 2015-16 trapping and hunting seasons. A $20 gift card of the trapper's or hunter's choice is being offered for each useable carcass. Useable carcasses include the with skulls and all organs intact. Trappers and hunters are asked to freeze carcasses as soon as they are skinned.

Fresh or frozen carcasses may be delivered to any DNR district wildlife office. Contact information for the DNR district wildlife offices can be found inside the front cover of the 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. Trappers and hunters may also contact WVUBobcat@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-0050 for more information.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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