Collars for Bobcats

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The bobcat is the only native cat of Illinois. Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tail, are about twice the size of a common house cat. They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds. They are nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas. In 2014, legislation was introduced to remove the ban on trapping/hunting bobcat. The first season in over 40 years was underway by November 2016. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) estimates the bobcat population has grown to 5,000 statewide, mostly in southern regions. This estimate is based on Southern Illinois University research and observations from hunters. A more recent study was started by Dr. Chris Jacques at Western Illinois University in 2015.  Dr. Jacques and graduate student Tim Swearingen have been trying to determine the density of bobcats in west-central Illinois. The study will help in being able to better judge this native cat's presence. Dr. Jacques hopes to be able to replicate their efforts to other areas of the State too. To help them continue their study into the next year, the Illinois Bobcat Foundation 501c3 would like to help raise funds to purchase ten additional collars to help them monitor more bobcats. Please consider donating to this effort!
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I'm very happy to share that Dr. Chris Jacques received the needed $8500 for 10 additional collars! And those collars were recently ordered.

Many thanks to everyone that donated!
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Thank you again to everyone that has contributed toward this campaign!

For information about Dr. Jacques' research, please be sure to visit our website at http://www.illinoisbobcat.org/ for updates.
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Recently, this amazing photo of a bobcat family near Lake Carroll, IL was shared with me. Bobcats can be found throughout the State of Illinois. Although population estimates are not accurate, this study will provide valuable information. And hopefully provide Dr. Jacques the opportunity to replicate it in other areas of the state too.

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated! It means a lot to me and to the status of bobcats in Illinois.

The Illinois Bobcat Foundation will be sending a check to Dr. Jacques by July 28th, which is next week. I'm confident that it will be for the entire amount of $8500.
Photo by Bob Wittevrongel
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Thank you to everyone that has donated! The campaign end is in sight. . .

You can read more about the study the Illinois Bobcat Foundation would like to support via these links:

http://www.whig.com/20170707/image-capture-trail-cameras-radio-collars-help-wiu-professor-grad-students-study-bobcat-populations

http://westerncourier.com/36222/news/bobcats-cause-rural-attention/

The goal is to be able to estimate the seasonal and annual survival of the bobcats, explain their home range size and compare the capture-recapture rates of bobcats on camera.

"We want abundance estimates," Jacques said. "That's what we want. That's what we're striving for."

No study has ever done that.
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Raised by 28 people in 27 months
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Thank you Steve for sharing!

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You know I love all sorts of cats.

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