Bobcats

Kiawah Island’s historically healthy bobcat populations began to decline in 2017, due primarily to increased mortality rates caused by second-generation anticoagulant (SGA) poisoning.  Numbers declined from a historic population of 30-35 bobcats down to as few as 10. Thanks to voluntary efforts under the Bobcat Guardian Program, bobcat numbers have started to increase though still remain below historic numbers.  Bobcats can be seen in all parts of the island, typically during the hours from dusk to dawn. Bobcats pose no threat to humans and serve a vital role in managing populations of rats, mice, and deer on the island. Because of their vital importance to the island’s ecosystem, several research projects have been conducted to better understand their habitat needs and requirements.

How You Can Help:

  1. Promote and encourage native vegetation, focusing on creating dense understory
  2. Discourage and eliminate exotic and invasive species.
  3. Drive cautiously and watch for bobcats crossing roadways, especially during nighttime hours.