The current population trend for free-ranging bobcat populations is assessed as stable. However, these small felids are still being legally hunted in South-western United States.
Although California is home to a healthy wild population of this species, bobcats are considered threatened in several other states in the United States. Habitat destruction and fragmentation due to the growth of urban human populations has had a detrimental effect on wild numbers of these small felids.
How do we support bobcat conservation?
Micke Grove Zoo works in association with wildlife rescue and
rehabilitation centers to provide new homes to rescued wildlife that are
non-releasable due to permanent injuries. Micke Grove Zoo was
informed that a juvenile male bobcat was living at the Southwest
Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) in Scottsdale, AZ after being
rescued as a kitten by a private wildlife rehabilitator. Having
initially been housed in close proximity to humans, the young bobcat
is far too habituated to humans to be returned to the wild, a
condition that could pose a risk both to him and to the humans he
would encounter. We offered to provide this juvenile small felid a new home.
Micke Grove Zoo has a well established Conservation Education department consisting of an Education Director and several well experienced education specialists. The education department actively shares information with children, students, and the visiting public on current conservation and wildlife issues. Major threats to free-ranging populations of wildlife such as the bobcat are also discussed.
Bobcat biology and natural history [for more information, click on link]
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