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 64 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, 6 in 2014, and 6 in 2015). Collars are programmed to obtain a specific number of locations
per day. More than 75,000 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
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.
Town of Kiawah Island
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?
HOW TO TRACK A BOBCAT