Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Vermont
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Vermont Project

Home Range, Habitat use, and Movements of Bobcats in Vermont

September 2004 - December 2010


Participating Agencies

  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

The goal of this study is to evaluate habitat use and movements of bobcats (Felis rufus) in northwestern Vermont in order to direct future conservation actions for this species. In northwestern Vermont, rocky ledges, wetlands, and corridors appear to be important habitat, based on trapper surveys and sightings. As with other species in northwestern Vermont, bobcat habitat is threatened by the rapid pace at which agricultural and forest lands are being developed (Vermont Forum on Sprawl, 1999), which results in loss of potential breeding habitat and loss of habitat connectivity. Additionally, increased traffic volume associated with increased development place bobcats at risk. As a result of these potential threats, a standardized study that investigates basic habitat use and movements in response to land pattern and human activity is needed. The data collected and concomitant analyses will aid in developing a targeted conservation plan that attempts to proactively conserve bobcat habitats. This information will be used conservation planning for the bobcat population in Vermont.

Research Publications Publication Date
Donovan, T.M., M.D. Freeman, A. Howard, K. Royar, H. Abouelezz, and R. Mickey. 2011. Quantifying home range habitat requirements for bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Vermont. Biological Conservation 144:2799-2809. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website October 2011
Donovan, T. M., G. S. Warrington, W. S. Schwenk, and J. H. Dinitz. 2012. Estimating landscape carrying capacity through maximum clique analysis. Ecological Applications 22:2265-2276. | Abstract | Download December 2012
Abouelezz, H. G, T. M. Donovan, J. Murdoch. R. M. Mickey, M. Freeman, and K. Royar. 2018. Landscape composition mediates movement and habitat selection in bobcats (Lynx rufus): Implications for conservation planning. Landscape Ecology 33:1301-1318. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website August 2018
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Freeman, Mark. 2010. Bobcat (Lynx rufus) habitat and home range analysis for Northwester and Central Vermont. MS Thesis, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. January 2010
Abouelezz, Hanem. 2009. Quantifying Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Movement Patterns and Habitat Selection in Northwestern Vermont. MS Thesis, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. October 2009