Bobcats are a fascinating urban wildlife species. We do not have a good understanding of their habits, habitat choices and best conservation strategies for the urban environment. Tucson may have one of the highest densities of urban bobcats in the US.
Bobcats in Tucson is a three-year study of bobcats living along the urban/wildland interface of the Tucson Mountains near Gates Pass. The project is being partially funded under a Heritage Fund Urban grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and will start late fall 2020.
We are capturing bobcats at the urban/wildlands interface and fitting them with removable satellite radio collars. We will be tracking their movements 3-4 times daily via GPS satellites. We hope to better understand where they hunt, rest, give birth, and raise kittens in the specific study area. We will also be asking people in Tucson to report urban bobcat activity (see "How You Can Help" menu on home page). We will also be asking Tucson residents across the Metro area to complete a survey about their knowledge, experiences and values living with bobcats.
We will use the information from the study to develop strategies to reduce conflicts between humans and bobcats as well as increase our scientific knowledge, appreciation, understanding and responsible actions towards urban bobcats and their natural habitats.