Bobcat Boom

With all of the bobcat sightings this year, it didn’t come as a big surprise that a four-year study done by New Hampshire Fish and Game and UNH stated a significant increase in the bobcat population.

The study, done largely by game cameras, showed that the statewide population has grown from a low of about 100 in the 1980s to between 800 and 1,200 today.

Bobcat at Stand #2 This June

Bobcat at Stand #2 This June

The strongholds for the bobcat population are the southwest corner of the state and in the north on the Notches, but they are now in every area of the state.

One of the major reasons for the increase in the bobcat population was a corresponding increase in the turkey population.

Turkey

Turkey

Bobcats have an advantage over coyotes in pursuit of turkeys because of their climbing ability.

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