Date of Award

5-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

College/School

College of Science and Mathematics

Department/Program

Biology

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Randall FitzGerald

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Danlin Yu

Committee Member

Lisa Hazard

Committee Member

Scott Kight

Subject(s)

Bobcat--Habitat--New Jersey

Abstract

Knowledge of an animal's home range provides insights into their ranging patterns and the habitats they exploit. Carnivores serve a fundamental role in ecosystems due to their trophic significance. They require large areas to roam and when these areas are protected many other species benefit. In this study, thirteen bobcats (Lynx rufus) in northwestern New Jersey were captured between 2002-2016 and fitted with GPS telemetry collars to assess their home range sizes and habitat utilization. We determined that female bobcats utilized forested landscapes more so than males, and that males utilized agricultural landscapes more so than females. We did not detect home range size differences amongst the sexes. Our results shed light on the habitat use of New Jersey's state endangered bobcat and provide important information for management and direction for future research related to spatial requirements, habitat selection, and population dynamics of this elusive cat.

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Biology Commons

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