Bobcat Removal Services
Nuisance Bobcat Concerns
As humans continue to build homes near wild areas, human-wildlife encounters are almost certain. Bobcats can cause most trouble in rural areas, and although they are generally not a threat to humans, they will prey on small pets and livestock such as cats and small dogs, chickens, and ducks. Small pets or other animals should never be left outside unattended. If they must be left outside, keep them in an enclosed area with a roof.
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American wildcat. Aside from the Florida panther, the bobcat is the only other feline specifies that can be found throughout Florida. Bobcats can be found throughout the United States, but there is an abundance of the four-legged mammals in every county of the Sunshine State. Because bobcats prefer habitats with deep forests, rural areas and swampy areas, Florida is home to most of the nation’s bobcats. Florida bobcats are typically brown or gray, and they are spotted with yellow or white undersides. They were given their name because of their short “bobbed” tails, although bobcats have been known to have tails up to 18 inches. Bobcats are the size of small- to mid-sized dogs, weighing anywhere between 15 and 35 pounds and measuring about 3 feet long. Bobcats only eat meat, such as cottontail rabbits, wood rats, Florida mice, raccoons, hogs, and moles. These carnivores consume about 40 different animal species, and about 70 percent of bobcats’ prey comprises of rabbits and rats. Florida bobcats breed anytime from August to March. The gestational period for a bobcat is between 50 and 60 days, and a typical litter size is two or three kittens.
Bobcats are beautiful animals that are native to North America and are the most common wild cat of North America as well. It is estimated that there are close to a million of them roaming a majority of the 48 contiguous United States. They are a protected animals species and it is illegal to kill them without a proper permit and license in the United States.
They are an elusive, carnivorous wildcat that can be up to 3 feet long with a bobtail that can be about 6 inches long. Bobcats are smaller than their lynx cousins but much bigger than a domestic housecat. They can be anywhere from a yellowish-brown to brown in color and they are covered with dark markings all over their bodies. These markings can include spots, stripes, or a combination of the two. Bobcats are easily recognized by the tufts of hair that come off of their ears and the tufts on their faces that resemble sideburns.
They can thrive in a lot of different types of environments including forests, semi-deserts, mountains, and swamps. They are not commonly seen in the midwestern United States but can be found in all other areas quite commonly. They can adapt to most environments as long as they have a sustainable food source to feed off of. They make dens in order to birth and raise their young in caves, rocky outcrops, hollow logs, and fallen trees.
They are not the type of animal that is going to willingly enter areas where people live. They will avoid heavily populated suburban or urban areas. If they do make their way into these areas, they are going to do it in the cover of darkness. The way that a person will recognize that they may have had a bobcat visitor is by the pawprints or dead animal parts they leave behind.
They are more likely to target properties located in a more rural area like farms or private property with livestock animals. They will target prey animals like cats, chickens, lambs, and rabbits. Once they have found a food source, they will continue to return to it until it is no longer fruitful for them to do so.
Removal and Control
These are the types of animals that should be left to a professional to remove. They can be a dangerous animal to deal with when they are trapped or cornered, and professionals will understand how to do this in a manner that is safe for them and the animal. There are some preventative steps that a homeowner can take to keep them out or from returning.
Homeowners should not lay out food for local wildlife like rabbits or feral cats because the presence of these animals will attract a bobcat. They will also want to buy bobcat proof pens and fencing to protect their livestock as well. Depending on the situation, electric fences may be a viable option as well. Fences are always a good idea, but it must be known that these animals can jump fences that are up to 6 feet tall.