Bobcats are opportunistic predators that are known to target pets and livestock for easy meals. These large felines are active year-round and are found from Canada to Mexico. Luckily, caging bobcats and safely removing them is easy with a Havahart® live bobcat trap!
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Bobcats roam from Canada to Mexico and inhabit almost every single state in the contiguous United States. These large predators adjust to any living situation, from the woods to the suburbs to the desert. While bobcats are known for helping to control pest populations, bobcats also threaten livestock. When cornered or hungry, bobcats will attack pets and livestock and on rare occasions will attack adults and children. That’s why using bobcat live traps are such a popular method of removal for these creatures.
Think You Have a Bobcat Problem?
If you’ve seen a bobcat, you’d know. Bobcats are large (approximately 20in. to 50in. long from head to tail) grayish-brown cats with long whiskers, black-tipped ears, and a bobbed tail with a black tip (from where it derives its name). Bobcats can stand 1ft. to 2ft. tall at the shoulders and weigh anywhere from 15 to 40lbs. Haven’t seen a bobcat? Some signs of bobcat problems are missing livestock, claw marks on plants and trees, and odorous urine or feces. If you notice any of these signs, you may choose to manage the problem by purchasing and deploying a bobcat cage trap.
Live Trapping Bobcats
Live trapping bobcats is a popular method of bobcat removal. Though bobcats are often hunted for fur and sport, we at Havahart® believe that humane control is the best control. Any of our extra-large bobcat traps for sale, including the X-Large 1-Door Trap (model #1081) and the X-Large 2-Door Trap (model #1050), work perfectly for trapping these difficult predators. At 42in. long, each trap provides plenty of space for a bobcat to enter the trap before tripping the spring-loaded door. The sturdy door lock will prevent any unwanted escapes and the metal handle on top allows you to carry the trap safely without coming into contact with the trapped bobcat.
Best Bait for Bobcats
Typical baits won’t work for bobcats. Bobcats don’t use their sense of smell as much when hunting, but do rely on their noses when seeking out other bobcats. So rather than using the scent of bobcat prey to lure them into the trap, we recommend you use bobcat urine or gland baits that will simulate the scent of another bobcat.
Basic Bobcat Facts
Bobcats are active in all seasons and begin breeding during the winter months leading into spring. Despite extensive hunting, bobcat populations continue to prosper.
Bobcats are crepuscular, or active during the twilight hours (from a little before sunset to midnight, and again from sunrise to 3 hours after sunrise). Because of this behavior, you may never see a bobcat during your daily routine. That is why trapping is such a popular method of bobcat control.
Bobcats are also opportunistic predators, meaning that if they cannot find their normal prey (rabbits, hares, rodents), they’ll eat whatever is available - including larger animals that bobcats cannot eat in one sitting. This opportunistic behavior is cause for concern, as bobcats have been known to stalk and attack pets and, on rare occasions, humans. Check the bobcat traps for sale on this page for easy ways to curb bobcat behavior on your property.