New protections for Placer’s seldom-seen wildcats
8 Bobcat Facts
Favorite prey: Rabbit and hare
Also known to eat: Adult deer, bats, lambs, poultry, piglets
Share the land. Male territories can overlap but females never share territory
Territorial range. Range is 25-30 square miles for males and about 5 for females
Litter sizes. One to six kittens
Bye-bye kitty. Kittens are evicted from mother’s territory after about 8 months
Name game: It’s called a bobcat because of its short bobbed tail
Source: Defenders of Wildlife
Rarely seen but a stealthy presence nonetheless,
In place since late November is a new statewide ban on recreational and commercial bobcat trapping.
But the wild cats are out there. Sallysue Stein, board president of the non-profit Gold Country Wildlife Rescue organization, said that she needs to look no farther than her
“We’ve seen tons of bobcats – including two litters,” Stein said. “There’s lots of activity.”
While the cats have been caught on remote wildlife cameras, no one has brought an injured bobcat or orphaned kitten in the past year for Gold Country Wildlife Rescue assistance, she said.
Bobcats can be trapped if deemed a threat to safety. The Fish and Wildlife Department recorded three bobcats trapped by wildlife trappers in the past year, spokeswoman Jordan Traverso said Monday.
The state Fish and Game Commission adopted new rules in August and the regulations went into effect Nov 20. Hunting continues to also be allowed.
Pelts were selling for an average of $191 last year, down from $390 the previous year. Under the new regulations, it’s unlawful to trap any bobcat or attempt to do so, or to sell or export any bobcat or part that is taken in the state. Any licensed trapper who traps a bobcat is required to immediately release it unharmed into the wild.
A total of 987 bobcats were killed last year and reported to the state, with 760 trapped, 206 shot by sport hunters and 21 killed by wildlife-contracted trappers.
Gold Country Wildlife Rescue can help rehabilitate an injured or orphaned bobcat but people should ask for help before attempting to handle one, Stein said.
“Unless it’s a tiny kitten, not many people should pick one up,” she said.
“If it has to do with human safety, they’ll get involved,” she said.