You can help a state survey studying bobcat population

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(WTNH)–DEEP wildlife biologists have launched a new two-year bobcat study. The state already knows a lot about bears and moose, not much is known about bobcats. So this month, they began trapping and coloring bobcats in Connecticut.

Jason Hawley is a wildlife biologist, and says the study is not only to get a handle on the number of bobcat, but also the train and habitat in which they live.

“How do cats in different housing densities use habitat. How does it affect the reproduction,” he said.

They have placed 25 traps around the state and also teamed up with 25 experienced volunteers who are helping to trap the bobcats. In all, they hope to catch 50 females and 50 males over the next two years to weigh, measure track and study.

Wildlife Biologists say bobcats mostly go after small pets bike house cats, and chickens.

“It is extremely rare for bobcats to make make contact with humans certainly be rare for them to attack certainly more rare for them to attack a human, the only cases we’ve had in Connecticut is where there’s a rabid bobcat.”

DEEP is doing the survey to ensure the health of the population. And they could use your help. If you spot a bobcat while you’re out hiking or at your home please report it to one of the three links below:

To add an observation on iNaturalist, go to www.inaturalist.org/projects/ct-bobcat-project or download the app, or make a free account online and search for “CT Bobcat Project.”

You can also email a sighting to deep.ctwildlife@ct.gov, or add a sighting as a comment to www.facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife

And they say if you find a bobcat that was killed by the side of the road, those are even more important, because they can do biological testing.

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