Ecology of bobcats in a longleaf pine forest in southwestern Georgia
Cochrane, Jessica Chotards
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There is little known about bobcat ecology within longleaf pine forests. Therefore, I examined home range size, home range and core area overlap, habitat selection, and diet of bobcats within a longleaf pine forest in southwestern Georgia. Male and female home range sizes varied seasonally. Intersexual home range and core area overlap was greater than intrasexual overlap. Across the entire study site, bobcats selected certain habitats within the study site when establishing their home range; habitat selection within the home range was much less prominent. Habitat selection at the home range scale did not vary among sexes or seasons. However, female bobcats selected habitats within their home range seasonally. Bobcat diet was predominately composed of rodents throughout the 2-year study, but there was some variation between years. Our results suggest that bobcats select habitat for establishing a home range based on prey availability.