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State surveyor encouraged by bobcat sighting in OH

Associated Press • Jan 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/VWnJ0o ) reports that wildlife biologist Suzi Prange says the bobcat accidentally trapped and released unharmed recently in Meigs County probably weighed about 30 pounds.

Biologist surveyor Suzi Prange says the state has controlled studies in Noble and Vinton counties. Seven bobcats were tracked using GPS last winter. The division hopes to study eight in each of those southeast counties this year.

Prange says there are an estimated 1,000 bobcats in Ohio, but not many have been spotted in Meigs or Athens counties.

The studies focus on movements, survival and reproduction.

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