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Facultative Scavenging and Carrion Guild Participation by Lynx rufus in the Presence of Young
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- The Southwestern naturalist 2015 v.60 no.4 pp. 381-385
- Lynx rufus, Sus scrofa, dead animals, ecosystems, females, humans, rearing, scavenging behavior, stomach, swine, Oklahoma
- The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is typically described as an obligatory predator that infrequently scavenges and displays a strong preference for fresh prey. Scavenging behavior of the species has rarely been directly observed or documented and instead has been generally inferred from stomach content analysis. We observed a female bobcat and cub scavenging domestic pig (Sus scrofa) carcasses for a total of seven consecutive days during a carrion utilization study in central Oklahoma. These observations suggest that bobcats will readily exploit fresh carrion when under the caloric demands of rearing young. Bobcats possibly play an overlooked role in the guild of carrion recyclers in suburban and semirural ecosystems subjected to human encroachment.