UNDERSTANDING BOBCATS IN THE GRANITE STATE: A cooperative project led by the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


Project Personnel

Pat Tate Patrick Tate: is employed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department as a wildlife biologist and is the furbearer project leader. His undergraduate (1999) and graduate work (2007) occurred with the University of New Hampshire, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is a life long resident of New Hampshire and an avid outdoors person. Patrick can answer many of your questions regarding NH bobcats. You can reach him at Patrick.Tate@wildlife.nh.gov

John Litvaitis: has been a professor of Wildlife Ecology at UNH since 1985. He has conducted research on a variety of animals (moose, bear, coyotes, flying squirrels, turtles, snakes, cottontails, and bobcats). Much of this research has examined how animals respond to habitat changes. John will be involved in all aspects of this project.

The picture shows him with one of the bobcats he captured during his graduate project in downeast Maine way back in 1982!


Marian Litvaitis: is a professor of Conservation Biology at UNH and has a long-standing collaboration with John on cottontail rabbits, and now on bobcats, too. She is assisting with estimating bobcat abundance and identfying movment corridors using population genetic approaches. She also is maintaining this web site.

Rory2 Rory Carroll: is a PhD student studying Wildlife and Conservation Biology at UNH. His current project uses landscape genetic techniques to explore the population structure and connectivity of bobcats in New Hampshire. He is also interested in understanding how diets and stress levels of bobcats are affected by anthropogenic changes in the landscape. He hopes to incorporate his work into conservation policy, as well as public and educational forums.

Project Alumni

Derek Derek Broman: came to UNH from Iowa, where he earned his BS degree in Biology from Luther College in 2007. After graduation, Derek worked as the crew leader on a bobcat project led by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University. Derek successfully defended his MS thesis on bobcat habitat in March 2012, and is now employed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Greg Reed: is originally from Arizona, but earned his BS degree in Fish and Wildlife Management at Montana State University in 2009. After graduation, Greg worked around the Greater Yellowstone area as a field grunt on a variety of coyote, wolf, elk, bear, snowshoe hare, and wolverine projects. Greg has completed his thesis on bobcat habitat models and movement corridors. He has relocated to Oregon, where he is involved in a study of fawn mortality.


Tyler Mahard: completed his BS in Environmental Science at the University of Connecticut in 2010 and his MS at the University of New Hampshire in 2015. He is currently working at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Nongame Program where he is involved with efforts to restore populations of New England cottontails.





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