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SDSU graduate student tracking elusive bobcats

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

In this Oct. 3 photo, Eric Ness, a graduate student at South Dakota State University, applies a scent lure to a stick that will be placed inside a cage trap near Hoover. Ness is setting traps to capture bobcats that will be fitted with radio collars and released as part of a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks study. Photo by Mark Watson/AP

HOOVER (AP) Northern Butte County is barren, sparsely populated and good bobcat country.

On any given day, Eric Ness can be found checking his cage traps to see if any of the elusive cats are inside.

Ness, a graduate student at South Dakota State University, has begun a two-year study of bobcats in the prairies of western South Dakota for the state Game, Fish & Parks Department.

"They are curious on harvest rate and the population," Ness said.

Ness began trapping in late summer around Hoover.

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