The wild cat, a young male, was caught in a raccoon snare set by local fur trappers, according to Scott Butterworth, District 2 wildlife management supervisor. It later was taken from the trap by a county dog warden staffer and sedated by a local humane officer. Then it died.
“They’re very sensitive to being tranquilized,” noted Butterworth. He noted that young male bobcats, like young males of other species such as beavers and black bears and river otter, range widely afield in search of their own home territories. The specimen in question may have migrated from southern Michigan or northeast Indiana, Butterworth said.
Biologists will perform a necropsy on the bobcat to compare genetics with ‘cats from the southern part of the state. The Ohio Division of Wildlife estimates there are 1,000 bobcats in the state currently, with most of them living in Ohio’s more heavily wooded southern counties.
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