to Learn More About Bobcats
Bobcat of North America by Stanley P. Young, published
in 1958 by Stackpole Press and is often reprinted. This was
the first comprehensive summary of the natural history of
bobcats by a world-class biologist. The book covers many details of a bobcat’s life, including some interesting
observations of bobcats as pets, albino bobcats, and probably
one of the largest bobcats ever captured (43 lbs, in Maryland).
Before Breakfast by John Kulish, and published in
1969 by Stackpole Press (out-of-print). If your library can’t
find a copy, there are used copies for sale on the internet.
This is a very enjoyable book written by someone who is well
known to naturalists in southwestern New Hampshire. Kulish
recounts his escapades running bobcats with hounds in the
woods and ledges that surround Hancock, New Hampshire. John
eventually became the first teacher-naturalist at the Harris
Center and some of the best bobcat habitat in that area is
still referred to as the “Kulish ledges”.
Year by Hope Ryden, published in 1983 by Viking Press.
This is an easy-to-read account of the life of a bobcat. Ms.
Ryden is a keen observer, but she is not a field biologist.
Her book does provide an interesting perspective on the life
and times of bobcats.
– Master of Survival by Kevin Hansen, published
in 2007 by Oxford University Press. If you’re into bobcats,
this is your book! Hansen has done an exceptional job pulling
together a tremendous amount of field research on bobcats,
much of it conducted in the last 25 years. He covers a broad
range of topics on natural history and provides an excellent
summary of the recent ups and downs of bobcat populations
and how science-based management is the bobcat’s best
bet for long-term survival.