WILDLIFE ON KIAWAH ISLAND

BOBCAT GPS RESEARCH PROJECT

The Town of Kiawah Island, in partnership with the Kiawah Conservancy, initiated a Bobcat GPS study in 2007.  The study is ongoing and a total of 58 bobcats have been captured and fitted with GPS collars (5 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 10 in 2009, 6 in 2010, 8 in 2011, 9 in 2012, 6 in 2013, and 6 in 2014).  Collars are programmed to obtain a specific number of locations per day.  More than 35,000 individual bobcats locations have been obtained to date. 
 
 
* Kiawah's bobcat population is stable and healthy
 
* Bobcats make extensive use of scrub-shrub, forest, and developed areas for nighttime hunting forays 
 
* Bobcats prefer scrub-shrub habitat along marsh edges and secondary dunes for daytime resting cover
 
Location data from bobcats are closely analyzed to look for patterns in habitat use during day and nighttime hours, denning sites, travel corridors, etc.  This information is used to pinpoint specific areas or habitat types on the island that are of vital importance to bobcats and to update the Bobcat Management Guidelines for the island.  This plan provides suggestions and recommendations to all island entities regarding creation, preservation, and improvement of habitat to benefit bobcats. 
 
 
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Town of Kiawah Island
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-9166
Email a Town Biologist

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

HOW TO TRACK A BOBCAT

The Kiawah Island Bobcat GPS study has been featured in 2 recent journal articles.  Click on the links below to view.
 
Spring 2010 Wildlife Professional Article

April 2010 Journal of Wildlife Management Article

BOBCAT PUBLICATIONS
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Bobcat Research Slideshow
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2009 and 2010 Bobcat Location Data
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2010 Bobcat Kitten Video
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2011 Bobcat Trapping Results and Location Data
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Learn More About Bobcats
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Download 2011 Bobcat Management Guidelines (PDF) 
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2012 Bobcat Trapping Results and Location Data
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2013 Bobcat Trapping Results and Location Data
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2014 Bobcat Trapping Results and Location Data