DEEP Asks Residents to Watch For Bobcats, GPS Collars

Daniela Doncel
February 24, 2020 - 1:24 pm
Bobcat with DEEP GPS collar and yellow ear tags.

Michael Whittaker/DEEP

Categories: 

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking people to keep an eye out for special bobcat tracking collars as part of a Bobcat Research Project.

In a study that began in 2017, 50 bobcats were live-trapped throughout Connecticut and fitted with GPS monitoring collars to track their movements, the DEEP said.

The DEEP is asking people to contact the agency if they find one of these collars.
Melissa Ruszczyk/DEEP Wildlife Division

The collars are not harmful to the bobcats and are programmed to fall off after being worn for 300 days, according to the DEEP. The last of the 2018-2019 monitoring season collars are expected to fall off by the end of March, the agency said.

The DEEP said in some cases, collared bobcats have moved across state lines into New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

Though officials say the collars do continue to transmit a signal for Wildlife Division staff to recover them, they ask anyone who finds a collar in their yard or while walking out in the woods to contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3045 or via email at deep.ctwildlife@ct.gov.

DEEP wildlife biologist Jason Hawley said, "The information gained from this research will aid in the future conservation and management of bobcats in Connecticut and elsewhere."

Officials said residents are also encouraged to report any bobcat observations, especially ones with yellow ear tags, to the DEEP.