Connecticut's once dwindling bobcat population was facing extirpation until 1972 when unregulated exploitation was halted and the bobcat was reclassified as a protected furbearer with no hunting or trapping seasons. The bobcat population has since recovered due to improving forest habitat conditions and legal protections. By 1825, only 25% of Connecticut was forested due to a loss of trees from agricultural activities and other uses of timber. Today, close to 60% of Connecticut is now covered in forest, and bobcats are regularly observed throughout the state. Learn more about their life history, preferred habitat, and what to do if you are lucky enough to see one, from Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple.
About the presenter:
A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations.
Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural.
A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted over a decade ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
She is a member of the Barkhamsted Conservation and Economic Development Commissions, on the Board of Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS), volunteers regularly with the Barkhamsted Historical Commission and maintains the Town's Facebook page. Just to keep her creative juices percolating, she has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties and fundraisers.