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If New Yorkers Can Handle Bobcats, Why Not Long Islanders?
Since the Bobcat Management Plan is for the entire state, request it also include a feasibility study for reestablishing a Long Island bobcat population. E-mail your comments through February 16, 2012.
What's a bobcat? It's a wild animal, that along with the wild turkey, once lived on Long Island. Though bobcats are on the rise in many parts of New York State (see Map below) they aren't on Long Island. Why? "Long Island is an island with the low likelihood of natural re-colonization in terms of lost species" - Jeremy Feinberg.
Wild turkey was successfully reintroduced by the NYSDEC, and are now thriving on Long Island. Why not do the same for bobcats? Bobcats are very secretive animals, with bobcat-human conflicts uncommon. Most complaints are related to bobcats killing poultry and domestic cats, just as dogs do.
The species is found throughout most of New York State, except for Long Island. - from NYSDEC Bobcat Management Plan
"True. But this gives the impression that bobcats were never part of the island's fauna. I think this section of the report should mention that the bobcat's range in NYS once included Long Island." - Mike Bottini
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