Trying to explain more about largely unseen bobcats in the Dallas-Fort Worth (TX) area
by Ray Sasser
Derek Broman has a passion for wild carnivores. You can hear it when he talks about bobcats. He studied bobcats in Iowa, Connecticut and New Hampshire for his master’s degree.
In Texas just 15 months, Broman is heading up a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department urban bobcat study in conjunction with Utah State University, the National Wildlife Research Center and the Welder Wildlife Foundation.
The study area covers 49,000 acres of urban and suburban sprawl — parts of Arlington, Hurst and Fort Worth. According to the 2010 census, the study area had 229,674 people and 103,475 housing units. The number of bobcats is yet to be determined.
Bobcats are successful in dwindling habitat because of their secretive, nonconfrontational nature, Broman said. Bobcats are, by far, the most common wild cats in North America, yet few people have ever seen one…
(read more: Dallas Morning News)
image: USDA Wildlife Service