Bobcats: A Versatile Carnivore in the West
Bobcats are one of the most adaptable carnivores on the North American continent. Despite the numerous threats they face in the wild, they overcome these challenges and have become very successful in an increasingly anthropogenic world. Come with me as I share my experiences and research initiatives to understand the lives of these versatile carnivores.
My name is Aidan Branney and I am a master’s student at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University Kingsville. I completed my bachelor’s in 2018 at Humboldt State University in Northern California and have worked for a variety of other research institutions and the National Park Service studying wildlife. I’m currently studying the role habitat management on ranches plays in the spatial ecology of bobcats and the occupancy patterns of the carnivore community. Besides bobcats, I have worked on research projects with coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, ocelots, black-footed jackals, and brown hyenas.