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Technical Report

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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."

Project Title

Biology, Ecology and Range of the Bobcat, Felis rufus in New York and its Inferred Interactions with Potentially Reintroduced Lynx, Felis canadensis canadensis in Adirondack Park.


"Information for this report was obtained from an associated study on bobcat ecology, field data and field trips to West Germany and northern Minnesota, Historically, the lynx occurred in the western Adirondacks; a population apparently occurred in the High Peaks region. The lynx has been extinct in New York since the late 1800s. Recent scattered records are probably of immigrants, possibly from the northeastern U.S. Elsewhere in North America, lynx populations are associated with heavy snowfall, spruce-fir forest and snowshoe hare prey. On the southern fringes of their range, lynxes occur at high elevations."