Bobcat predation on quail, birds, and mesomammals
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. E. Tewes; J. M. Mock; J. H. Young
Editor(s): S. J. DeMaso; William P. Kuvlesky; Fidel Hernandez; M. E. Berger
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • birds
  • bobcat
  • California quail
  • Callipepla
  • Callipepla californica
  • Callipepla californica
  • Callipepla gambelii
  • Callipepla squamata
  • Colinus
  • Colinus virginianus
  • Colinus virginianus
  • conservation
  • Cyrtonyx
  • Cyrtonyx montezumae
  • Cyrtonyx montezumae
  • depredation
  • Didelphis virginianus
  • diet
  • distribution
  • fire dependent species
  • food habits
  • Gamble's quail
  • game birds
  • Lynx rufus
  • Lynx rufus
  • mammals
  • Mephitis
  • mesommal
  • mesopredator
  • Montezuma quail
  • mountain quail
  • northern bobwhite
  • Oreortyx
  • Oreortyx pictus
  • Oreortyx pictus
  • predation
  • predators
  • Procyon
  • Procyon lotor
  • scaled quail
  • small mammals
  • Texas
  • Urocyon
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  • Vulpes
  • Vulpes vulpes
  • wildlife
  • wildlife food habits
  • wildlife habitat management
  • wildlife management
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Record Last Modified: September 4, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 46494
Tall Timbers Record Number: 22242
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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We reviewed 54 scientific articles about bobcat (Lynx rufus) food habits to determine the occurrence of quail, birds, and mesopredators including red (Vulpes vulpes) and gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), raccoon (Procyon lotor), skunk (Mephitis spp.), and opossum (Didelphis virginianus). Quail (Colinus virginianus, Cyrtonyx montezumae, Callipepla squamata, C. gambelii, C. californica, Oreortyx pictus) were found in 9 diet studies and constituted >3% of the bobcat diet in only 2 of 54 studies. Birds occurred in 47 studies, but were also a minor dietary component in most studies. Although mesopredators were represented as bobcat prey in 33 of 47 studies, their percent occurrence within bobcat diets was low and showed regional patterns of occurrence. Bobcats are a minor quail predator, but felid effects on mesopredators and secondary impacts on quail need to be studied. © 2002, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Tewes, M. E., J. M. Mock, and J. H. Young. 2002. Bobcat predation on quail, birds, and mesomammals, in DeMaso, S. J., Kuvlesky, W. P., Hernandez, F., and Berger, M. E., Quail V: Proceedings of the Fifth National Quail Symposium. Corpus Christi, TX. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,Austin, TX. p. 65-70,