Building Bobcat Alley
Once nearly extinct in our New Jersey, bobcats are trying to make a comeback. To survive, they need room to roam.
Bobcats are New Jersey's last remaining wild cats. Once nearly extinct in our state, they are still endangered here. But they are trying to make a comeback, and to survive they need land to roam. The Nature Conservancy is working to protect critical habitat for these beautiful cats in New Jersey. We call it "Bobcat Alley," and it's a place where they can thrive.
Habitat loss and forest fragmentation continue to be challenges for our state’s small bobcat population, disconnecting them from their historic range and pushing them more frequently into busy roadways.
We are working to protect critical habitat for these beautiful felines in northwestern New Jersey by connecting preserved land between two great mountain ranges: the Appalachians and the Highlands. The protected greenway will be a place where bobcats can roam, raise kittens and flourish.
One-third of the 32,000-acre corridor is already protected, and our plan is to conserve another 3,500 acres by 2020. The good news is that thanks to generous support from members like you, we have been able to protect more than 500 acres toward this goal!
This is a huge win for the endangered New Jersey bobcat—one that wouldn't be possible without you. But, land is at a premium and there is still much work to be done to ensure their long-term survival.