Bobcats are the most common wildcat found in North America. Nearly one million bobcats live throughout the contiguous U.S., and hunting practices vary from state to state, with some allowing for regulated hunting and others declaring the wildcat to be a protected species. Solitary and mostly nocturnal, bobcats rarely come into contact with humans. If by chance you come into contact with a bobcat, call Critter Control of Salt Lake City to address the problem safely. You can also contact us HERE.
Getting Rid of Bobcats
Given their protected status and their proclivity for returning to their original territories, bobcats often resist efforts to trap and relocate. Additionally, other Bobcats are usually quick to replace relocated ones. State agencies accept reports of bobcat sightings and intervene when the wildcat's presence endangers the public. A qualified wildlife removal specialist can handle bobcat removal, as well.
Bobcat Safety & Control
The best method of bobcat control is altering the surrounding environment to make it less favorable to the predators. These simple things can discourage the likelihood of bobcats being attracted to your property:
- Not feeding local wildlife such as deer or feral cats
- Keeping birdfeeders well-maintained,
- Feeding domesticated pets indoors, and
- Not letting dogs and cats outside during the night
To protect poultry and livestock, we suggest keeping these animals in bobcat-proof pens. As bobcats can climb and jump fences up to 6 feet (nearly 2 m) in height, homeowners should consider electrified fences and other unconventional options. Furthermore, because bobcats can climb a tree to gain access to pens and coops, homeowners should install predator guards.
Bobcats don't typically disturb homes, but their diet preferences can still cause problems. White-tailed rabbits and hares are favored bobcat prey, but bobcats will also target house cats, poultry, small pigs, and even lambs, especially those that are kept on farms and private property. Since they are opportunistic feeders, bobcats will go after more easily obtained prey, and the possibility for repeat offenses increases after a bobcat attacks a coop or pen the first time. This puts property owners in danger of an aggressive encounter with bobcats.