Blame misplaced on bobcats

March 27, 2014 

Blaming bobcats for the decline in deer populations is very shortsighted. There are so many reasons why deer populations have declined in Illinois these past few years -- 2012 was the worst year for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease), killing 2,968 deer in Illinois; Chronic Wasting Disease; cars.

Quail and turkeys as well as many species of wildlife are affected by loss of habitat. The top weight for bobcats is 40 pounds, while most bobcats average only 22 pounds, which means the type of food most consumed by them is small mammals -- not full-grown deer.

Adele Moore


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