Bobcat Control

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The most common wildcats in North America, bobcats get their name from their stubby, or bobbed, tails. Although they often live in both rural and suburban areas, they are rarely observed by people. This is largely because the pests are most active from dusk to dawn, when their eyesight is about six times better than humans’. While bobcats are shy and cautious around people, they can still cause property damage and threaten the safety of pets and livestock.

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These medium-sized wildcats are around two to three times bigger than large house cats, weighing from 15 to 30 pounds and reaching about three feet in length. They are also distinguished from domestic cats by the tufts of fur on their cheeks and ears. Bobcats can be various shades of buff and brown with dark brown or black stripes and spots.

DIET

Bobcats are carnivores that prey on a variety of animals. Typical meals include mice, voles, rabbits, gophers, and even small deer. They may also eat insects, reptiles, birds, and animal carcasses if food is scarce. Hunting primarily by sight and sound, bobcats stalk their prey, waiting patiently until it’s within reach. When they take down animals too large to eat at once, the pests may cover their meals with leaves or snow and save it for later.

HABITAT

Distributed from coast to coast in the U.S., bobcats live in forests, swamps, farmlands, and arid areas with plenty of rocks and brush. They often use rock cliffs, outcroppings, ledges, hollow trees, or large brush piles for shelter and nesting sites.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

While bobcats usually do not enter homes, they may frequently visit the same residential yards. The pests often travel in predictable patterns, moving between familiar resting areas and hunting grounds. Their territory range tends to include between one and six square miles.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Bobcats rarely attack humans. However, they do pose a threat to pets and livestock. Domestic animals, including house cats, poultry, lambs, goats, and small pigs, are easy prey for these strong pests. In addition, bobcats mark their territory with urine and feces, as well as scratch and tear up lawns, resulting in unsightly piles of dirt and debris with a strong, musky-smelling scent.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

To keep bobcats from visiting yards, limit possible food sources. Bring small outdoor pets and their food inside overnight and avoid overfilling bird feeders. Feeding wildlife that might be attractive to bobcats, such as feral cats, deer, and rabbits, is another practice to avoid. To keep poultry and livestock safe outdoors, enclose them in secure pens with well-fitted doors. Since bobcats are able to jump up to 10 feet high, pens should have strong wire mesh overhead as well.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Bobcats are particularly difficult to control because, once they mark territory or find prey in yards, they are more likely to return. In fact, this is the reason trapping and moving them is often unsuccessful. In addition to being illegal in some states, trapping also does not solve the initial cause of the infestation. If prey animals are not eliminated from the property after a bobcat is caught and removed, a new bobcat will likely take its place. The best way to safely and effectively deal with bobcat problems is to call the trained wildlife experts at Trutech.


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