Building Bobcat Alley
Once nearly extinct in our New Jersey, bobcats are trying to make a comeback. To survive, they need room to roam.
Once nearly extinct in New Jersey—and still endangered here—bobcats are trying to regain a foothold in our local fields and forests. But habitat loss and forest fragmentation continue to challenge their small population, disconnecting them from their historic range and pushing them more frequently into busy roadways.
Shy, elusive bobcats help keep rodent populations in balance and are a last vestige of true wildness in our state. The Nature Conservancy is working hard to give them a chance to survive.
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 800 acres toward this goal, we have scientists on the ground studying how bobcats move through the landscape to identify ways to improve high-use road crossings.
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.
Let’s team up to give New Jersey’s bobcats a real chance at survival. Every acre of habitat we protect for this fragile species depends on you.
Jack and Sara Branangan's generosity made possible the purchase of a critical piece of The Conservancy’s vision for a ridge-to-ridge greenway from the Kittatinny to the Highlands that will unite what is now a patchwork of preserved lands and link to nearly 400,000 acres of additional protected habitat in New Jersey and surrounding states.