Feb 8 – What Good Are Bobcats? – The Ohio State University Newark
An interactive session led by Dr. Shauna Weyrauch, Ecologist, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University Newark
Lecture Location: Reese Center, Ballroom F&G
Hands-On Laboratory Location: Reese Center, Ballroom F&G
Locations subject to change, updates will be provided closer to event date.
NCS Students receiving a scholarship through A Call To College: please call to register.
Big predators like cougars, wolves and grizzly bears thrill and scare us. They are at the top of the food chain, preying on other creatures but never preyed upon. Except by humans: We have hunted and trapped many of them to the brink of extinction. This has thrown off the balance of our ecosystems. Fortunately, large native carnivores are returning to some places, including Ohio. The bobcat (Lynx rufus), driven out of the state by the mid-1800s, is returning from West Virginia and Kentucky. Project Wild Coshocton has set up trail cameras to catch photos of these wild animals and learn about their interactions. In this activity, you will analyze photographs to compare how forests are different with and without large predators such as bobcats and coyotes. You will judge for yourself if these “apex predators” improve our ecosystem.
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