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As we shared last month, we have started following some the resident bobcats of Coyote Valley, in an effort to help us understand how the landscape is used by wildlife.
Over the next one to two years, we will be tracking the movements of these animals using radio-collars that specialize in capturing fine-scale movement data. Using this technology, we will be able to understand habitat preferences, daily and seasonal movement patterns, road crossing hotspots and more.
Wildlife in Coyote Valley face many challenges in their day-to-day lives. Loss of habitat and busy roadways are some of the pressures that pose a threat to their survival — both now and in the future. As we work to protect and restore the landscape, we will need to use the best available data in order to inform conservation outcomes.
Meet five of these individuals below:
B05F also known as:
An adult female also captured
in the north Coyote Valley, by Bailey Road. She was radio-collared on July 3, 2017 and weighs 6.65kg. She has a beautiful coat and looked very healthy. Is she the bobcat we have seen passing underneath Bailey Road bridge on our wildlife cameras? We are trying to find out.
B02F also known as:
An adult female also captured at Tulare Hill and radio-collared on June 19, 2017. She weighs 6.25kg and has a healthy and beautiful coat. She appears to have had kittens either this year or last year. So far, she has been traveling through the Coyote Creek County Park and under the northern Highway 101 Coyote Creek underpass.
In late July Elderberry was killed by a vehicle on Monterey Highway. This tragedy underscores the need for safe wildlife passages in the area.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.