Officials trapping bobcats to determine population

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota wildlife officials are trying to get a handle on the number of bobcats roaming the Black Hills.

Game, Fish and Parks senior wildlife biologist Chad Lehman says they are setting walk-in traps with bait to catch the bobcats and collar them with a radio transmitter.

Lehman tells KOTA-TV officials hope to collar 40 or 50 bobcats to get a better idea of their survival. Each month a plane flies over the hills and maps the bobcats’ location by using the radio frequency from their collars.

It’s all part of a multi-year study to help wildlife officials determine the bobcat population.

Information from: KOTA-TV, http://www.kotatv.com

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