Bobcat Hunter/Trapper Survey 2005 (Wisconsin)
In 2005, approximately three-fourths (73%) of permitted Wisconsin hunters and trappers reported hunting and trapping of bobcats during the 2005 season, with 45% of these saying that they successfully killed or trapped a bobcat. Only 3% of respondents said they later released the trapped bobcats.
Of the hunters surveyed in 2005, 73% reported hunting or trapping bobcats during the 2005 season. Almost 45% of hunters succeeded in hunting/trapping a bobcat, although only 3% released the bobcats from their traps during the season. More than half (59%) of those who used dogs were successful in hunting/trapping a bobcat.
Most hunters/trappers (72%) felt the bobcat population was about the same or more abundant than it was in the previous year. Most hunters/trappers also indicated that the coyote (74%), fisher (60%), and gray wolf (82%) populations were about the same or more abundant than the previous year, and that the fox populations (63%) were about the same or less abundant than the previous year.