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Bobcat Study- Please help.

On December 1, 2018 Gary Jarman and I met with a group of students from OSU doing a study on Bobcats in Oklahoma. We were asked about habitat and how to collect hair samples. They have asked for help from the OFBA to help with the study. Our help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, R.C. Edgar.

A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

Background:
My lab at Oklahoma State University is conducting a large-scale study of Oklahoma bobcats in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Resources and the ODWC Furbearer Biologist, Jerrod Davis.  As one of the most sought-after furbearer species in the state, this research will result in a great deal of information of use to management and harvest of this resource.  Recruiting students from OSU, Southeast Oklahoma State University, and Southwest Oklahoma State University, we will collect hair samples using hair snares in the students’ home counties over the winter break.  This simple, inexpensive sampling method will give us state-wide information on bobcat distribution and population trends over time.  In addition, we will be using hair snares to collect DNA samples for genetic capture-recapture analysis in 3 intensive study areas – James Collins WMA in eastern Oklahoma, and Packsaddle and Sandy Sanders WMA in western Oklahoma.  A very interesting side project, conducted by colleagues at the University of Central Oklahoma, is to address subspecies differences between eastern and western Oklahoma bobcat populations.  Differences in spotting patterns/intensity are known to occur in eastern vs. western bobcats.  Our interest is to determine whether there are genetically distinct subspecies, and if so, whether there is a hybrid zone in central Oklahoma.  There is even some older literature that suggests a third subspecies might occur in south-central Oklahoma and Texas.

Request:
When you are trapping this season, we would be grateful if you could save (frozen) the tongue of any bobcat harvested.  This tissue would give us a tremendous amount of genetic material, from different locations across the state.  It would be important also to have the location (county, at least) in which the animal was harvested.  This must be associated with each sample. We can arrange to pick up the samples or have them shipped at the end of the trapping season. Please keep all samples separated and frozen.

Thank you for considering our request and contributing to this study of an important Oklahoma resource.

Sincerely,

Sue Fairbanks
Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
sue.fairbanks@okstate.edu

Title 800 Rule Change Proposals

R.C.,

I just spoke with the assistant that is heading up the commentary period for the Title 800 Rule Change Proposals. The commentary BEGINS on Dec. 1st, any commentary received before Dec. 1 will not be counted. Commentary may be sent via email or written letter. Written letter is preferred. The address for emails and the address for written letter will be available on our website after Dec. 1. There will be a public hearing at our Department headquarters on Jan. 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. which will also be listed on our website after Dec. 1. Commentary period will be closed on January 5th.

Please pass this along to your members and I will let you know how we are looking and if we might need some representation at the meeting.

Thank you and please let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help.

Jerrod L. Davis

Furbearer Biologist

Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

Cell -405-590-2583

**The statute numbers on the 2 trapping changes are:

800:25-7-61. Bag limits (refers to lifting daily and season limit on raccoon)

800:25-7-115. Kaw WMA (refers to allowing footholds on parts of Kaw)