Meet our Bobcats

Trapping for the 2017 season began on January 25, 2017 and is ongoing. The latest collared bobcats are below. Stay tuned for trapping updates in the coming weeks. Our bobcats are never harmed in the capturing/collaring process. To learn more about the GPS study visit the research page .

Process

Our Process for Capture & Collaring Bobcats:

  • We use a rooster in a separate and safe enclosure to lure a bobcat into the trap.
  • The bobcat is sedated, measured, and outfitted with a GPS collar.
  • Each bobcat is assigned a number which becomes the collar’s radio frequency where they can be individually tracked.
  • Biologist  locate each bobcat every few weeks and download the location date.

11 years of Bobcat GPS Research on Kiawah 

This year marks the 11th consecutive year of Bobcat GPS research on Kiawah Island. This project remains the longest, continuous GPS study on bobcats in the world and was developed by the Town of Kiawah Island, in partnership with the Kiawah Conservancy, in 2007.  A total of 69 bobcats have been captured and fitted with GPS collars to date and 6 additional collars are scheduled for deployment during 2017 featured above. 

Trapping began in late January and continue through February.  Collars are programmed to obtain a specific number of locations per day allowing biologists to identify habitat use patterns during day and nighttime hours, denning sites, travel corridors, survival, dispersal, and more.  This information is used to pinpoint specific areas or habitat types on the island that are of vital importance to bobcats and to update the Bobcat Management Guidelines for the island. 

This plan provides suggestions and recommendations to all island entities and property owners regarding creation, preservation, and improvement of bobcat habitat.  

Learn more on the Bobcat GPS Research