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Home Range, Habitat use, and Movements of Bobcats in Vermont

These photos show bobcat tracks, a collared bobcat, and field technicians using radio telemetry to identify the location of bobcats.


September 2004 - December 2010


The goal of this study is to evaluate habitat use and movements of bobcats (Felis rufus) in northwestern Vermont in order to direct future conservation actions for this species. In northwestern Vermont, rocky ledges, wetlands, and corridors appear to be important habitat, based on trapper surveys and sightings. As with other species in northwestern Vermont, bobcat habitat is threatened by the rapid pace at which agricultural and forest lands are being developed (Vermont Forum on Sprawl, 1999), which results in loss of potential breeding habitat and loss of habitat connectivity. Additionally, increased traffic volume associated with increased development place bobcats at risk.

As a result of these potential threats, a standardized study that investigates basic habitat use and movements in response to land pattern and human activity is needed. The data collected and concomitant analyses will aid in developing a targeted conservation plan that attempts to proactively conserve bobcat habitats. This information will be used conservation planning for the bobcat population in Vermont.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Donovan, T.M., M.D. Freeman, A. Howard, K. Royar, H. Abouelezz, and R. Mickey. 2011. Quantifying home range habitat requirements for bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Vermont. Biological Conservation 144:2799-2809. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • Donovan, T. M., G. S. Warrington, W. S. Schwenk, and J. H. Dinitz. 2012. Estimating landscape carrying capacity through maximum clique analysis. Ecological Applications 22:2265-2276. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Abouelezz, H. G, T. M. Donovan, J. Murdoch. R. M. Mickey, M. Freeman, and K. Royar. 2018. Landscape composition mediates movement and habitat selection in bobcats (Lynx rufus): Implications for conservation planning. Landscape Ecology 33:1301-1318. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4251



  • Therese DonovanPrincipal Investigator
  • Hanem AbouelezzStudent
  • Mark FreemanStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey