Biologists Propose Removing Bobcats from Ohio's Threatened Species List

Jan. 24, 2013

Written by: ODNR Division of Wildlife

For Immediate Release
Jan. 9, 2014

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council received proposed changes to several species designations, including bobcats, as well as potential dates for the upcoming fall hunting seasons on Wednesday, Jan. 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists submitted a proposal to remove the bobcat from Ohio’s threatened species list. The bobcat was one of 71 species on Ohio’s first endangered list in 1974. However, the bobcat population began to rebound in the 1970s, and in recent years the number of verified sightings has continued to increase, prompting the status change from endangered to threatened in 2012. Bobcats are still considered a protected species in Ohio with no hunting or trapping season.

Three other species were proposed to be changed on Ohio’s state-designated species. A fourth was added as a species of concern, and this designation does not require council action.

Read More:

ODNR Species Guide - Bobcat -

Columbus Dispatch Story-

photo from ODNR

Bobcat Research In Ohio - A Cat Named Bob

(Previously posted on the OCVN website in 2012).

This short video describes bobcat research taking place in Ohio. ODNR Wildlife biologist, Suzie Prange tells us how the bobcats are trapped and released and why this research is so important for the survival of this endangered species.

Bobcat Sightings in Ohio (2009):

Wild Ohio (2010): The populations of the highly secretive and fascinating bobcat are on the rise in Ohio. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the research project the Division of Wildlife is doing on Ohio’s bobcats in the southern part of the state.

Bobcat 2, Monroe Co., OH 2012 by Dave and Laura Hughes Here’s another fabulous trail cam vid from David and Laura Hughes from one of their now legendary Monroe County game trails. This Bobcat obliging stalks right into the camera’s view. Note how the cat apparently hears something in the thicket, and then devotes all of its attention to that area. A lot of interesting things go on under cover of darkness and we greatly appreciate Dave and Laura’s efforts to illuminate the night for us!

Wild Ohio Bobcat Night Video: