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New Jersey's Mammals

Have You Seen A Bobcat?
Report Bobcat and Other Endangered Species Sightings

Division Releases Bobcat Rehabilitated from Vehicle Strike Into the Wild (DEP News Release, 3/29/17)
Video of N.J. 'BatCam' Bats Goes Viral On Facebook -, 7/29/16
Banding BatCam Bats At N.J. Home (Video and Photos) -, 7/21/15

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome - Produced for the USDA Forest Service by Ravenswood Media

There are dozens of non-game mammal species found in New Jersey. Of these, there are three land mammal species listed as "endangered": the bobcat, Indiana bat and Allegheny Woodrat. There are also six whale species which occur off the state's coast, all of which are listed as both state and federally endangered.

The links below lead to pages with information about some of New Jersey's mammals.

Bobcat Information

The bobcat is an elusive creature found in the northern hardwood forests of New Jersey. Bobcat declined in the 1800s as forests were cleared for lumber, fuel and agriculture, and by the early 1970s they were thought to be extirpated (locally extinct) from the state. Between 1978 and 1982 the Division conducted a restoration project through which 24 bobcats were trapped in Maine and released in northern NJ.

Today bobcat, though classified as endangered, appear to be fairly well-established in the northern hardwood forests of the state, perhaps even more widespread than many think. Their elusive nature makes them a challenge to study.

Bobcat Fact Sheet (pdf, 64kb)
March 2003 Species of the Month
Bobcat Image #1   Bobcat Image #2   Bobcat Image #3 by Chris Davidson
How to Avoid the Capture of Bobcats While Trapping Other Furbearers

Indiana Bat Information

October 2003 Species of the Month
Indiana Bat Fact Sheet (pdf, 47kb)
Bat Conservation
Summer Bat Count
White-nose Syndrome Information
White-nose Syndrome Information for Rehabilitators
Bat Fact Sheet (pdf, 130kb)
Nuisance Wildlife Control for Bats (pdf, 150kb)

Allegheny Woodrat Information

New Jersey's only remaining Allegheny woodrat population is found only on the talus slopes of the Hudson River Palisades near the New York State border.

Studying the Allegheny Woodrat - video
Allegheny Woodrat Fact Sheet (pdf, 59kb)

Whale Information

The six species of whale which occur off New Jerssy's coast are listed on both the state and federal endangered species lists. They are managed by the International Whaling Commission.

Whales Fact Sheet (pdf, 50kb)
NJ Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Workshop Proceedings - April 17-19, 2006 (pdf, 1mb)


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