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"1. To determine and describe the predation ecology, movement patterns, territorial behavior and habitat of bobcats in New York. 2. To determine vital population characteristics and exploitation levels of bobcats in New York. 3. To recommend management alternatives for bobcats in New York on the basis of an information synthesis, range map and model of current bobcat exploitation levels in the region. 4. To make recommendations concerning the feasibility of lynx reintroduction in Adirondack Park based on the inferred level of lynx-bobcat competition and a survey of potential lynx range in the Park."


"The ecology of the bobcat (Lynx rufus) was studied by snow tracking and radio telemetry of individuals on 4 study areas in New York. This information supplemented data obtained from the necropsy of 247 carcasses collected statewide between October 1976 and April 1980. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and lagomorphs were the principle diet components of New York bobcats, occurring in 32% and 30.2% respectively of the 169 bobcat stomachs that had food items. No significant differences (P > 0.05) were detected in the diets of bobcats compared by age, sex or region."