Bobcats, Nature’s Own Pest Control

Animal communities and ecosystems as a whole have, through time, been self-regulating. There are limits as to how large populations can grow and how long they can persist in a certain area; two basic needs are food availability and living space.

If a population exceeds what the surrounding environment can support, numbers will inherently decrease over time due to competition, disease, and lack of food or water. Another regulatory power is the presence of nature’s own exterminators: predators!

Bobcats prey upon a bunch of animals that we consider urban pests, like rodents, raccoons, and skunks. While it’s not necessarily fair to call certain animals pests but not others, bobcats are much less likely to come into contact with humans, so they’re really serving to reduce the spread of disease and rate of contact between humans and our so-called pests.

They’re certainly not the primary drivers behind keeping pest numbers low, but bobcats (and other predators like them) act as Mother Nature’s backup population regulators, picking off smaller animals whenever their populations rise and maintaining relative balance within ecosystems.

Aaron Huelsman

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