Hit a bobcat today

What should do with the cat?

  • Skin him

    Votes: 18 36.7%
  • Mount him

    Votes: 22 44.9%
  • Pitch him. Don't keep roadkill!

    Votes: 7 14.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 4.1%

  • Total voters
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Feb 7, 2005
West TN
So I'm down in Texas at my parents farm where I grew up for thanksgiving, and earlier this afternoon I hit a nice Tom bobcat with our car. Needless to say, the car won. Pulled over to take a look at the bumper and the cat and was surprised to see that he was in pretty good condition, allbeit dead as a doornail. So, like any good redneck, I bagged him up and threw him in the trunk. So, I've got two questions:

1. Are there any laws I need to know concerning posessing him or transport him across state lines?
2. What should I do with him now, tan the hide, mount him?

Right now he's bagged up and chillin' in my brother's freezer. In case y'all think I'm crazy for keeping roadkill, my HS mascot was the bobcat, so I'd hate for him to go to waste.
Texas is only interested if you try to sell the hide without having a fur-bearer trapping license. Otherwise? Skin and enjoy. Bobcats, coyotes and cougars are just varmints.

You can either have a taxidermist do a proper job of a mount or a rug-type tanning, or skin it out as best you can, salt it and then figure out your next step. :)
Mount that sucker if it's a nice one and you want it. Or rug it.

I killed one that was stalking me on a deer stand at noon when I was young. My folks thought it was illegal and by the time I new different the coyotes decided for me. She wasn't big, but I wish she wasn't wasted.

She kept coming in crouched after I yelled and threw the one pine cone on my stand, suspect rabid or touched in the head somehow. Still gives me chills.
He's a pretty nice looking cat IMO, and seems to be pretty good sized for a Texas bobcat. He's more dark grey than the usual tan color that I see on most of them.


Yep, that's a reasonable sized cat. So how far did you have to chase him in the car before hitting him?? Just kidding you. If it were me, I'd do as Art says and skin it, salt it, and google what to do next. Congrats!!
I would have that sucker mounted with a quail in his mouth. Another one that is always cool is a full mount with it leaping at a pheasant. Either way it what I would do.
Do not salt that pelt. Skin it,roll the pelt up,put in a plastic freezer bag and freeze until you decide wyat you want to do. Whatever you decide on DON"T apply salt.
It was weird. He kind of did what i call the "stupid squirrel" move. My dad saw him from the passenger seat squatted down about 10 yards from the road. We were doing about 60 and as w got closer he ran at us like he was either trying to catch us or like he thought he could beat us across the road. I never saw him at all, just heard my dad say "look out" and as he was saying it, "whack!". "What was that?", says I. "You just hit a bobcat.". He was still just barely alive when I got out to look at him so I went back and got the .22 to put him out of his misery, but he expired by the time I got back from the car with it. This all happened at about 1pm so I'm wondering if he was rabid.
While salt will work for a home,"I'm not going to do anything else with it" job",a salted pelt isn't desirable to fur buyers(if selling it becomes an option) and a taxidermists needs to do the preserving for a mount or rug. It is far better to buy a commercial tanning compound (if he doesn't have it professionally preserved) than salt.
To be on the "safe side" you might not want to skin/case the animal BEFORE transporting it out of State. To do so....would technically render it a "pelt" and would require a "Pelt Tag" or (CITES).

Bobcats in Texas....are non-game animals, but certain rules and regulations apply (see pg. 68 of the TPWD Outdoor Annual).
In Alabama,a bobcat is both a game animal and a fur-bearer. It (as well as otter) have to be tagged by a game warden but this can be done at the fur-buyer's or taxidermist's. I don't know what laws Texas or Missouri may have concerning them but a call to the Mo.State Widlife Dept would be in order IMO.
More likely he'd been eyeing a yearling doe. Since you're down here you know the rut is nuts. We left the cabin last night (Llano) to return to the Houston area, and as we got into our car, Rich heard something around the side of the cabin. Flicked on his flashlight and....there went a big old deer, flag up and moving out since it'd been made, but they're just nutty right now. Love is in the air. So the bobcat may have been following one of those "just out of fawn mode" does that seem to be everywhere. That's enough to get it confused. I can't remember ever hearing about rabies in bobcats, but I'm sure it's possible...

Take it to a taxidermist. And yeah, I like the idea of "with a pheasant in its mouth".


Prior to purchase, sale, trade or transport outside Texas, bobcat pelts (see definition of bobcat) taken in Texas (including tanned pelts and mounts) must be permanently tagged with a department issued federal Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) tag valid for the year in which the bobcat was taken. Legally taken pelts may be tagged at no cost by any registered bobcat pelt dealer or at TPWD Law Enforcement offices. Individuals desiring to purchase and/or tag bobcat pelts taken in Texas must register with the Fur-bearing Animal Program (4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744) and be issued a Bobcat Pelt Dealer Permit and Tag Voucher. It is unlawful for any dealer to: (1) possess untagged pelts; (2) transfer tags to any other dealer, or to use tags issued to another dealer; (3) refuse to tag a bobcat pelt presented as being legally taken in this state. This is not construed to mean the person must sell to the dealer from whom the tag is obtained.

Persons desiring to transfer bobcat pelts out of Texas for non-commercial purposes may obtain a tag by presenting the pelt to any dealer or Department Law Enforcement Office and completing and signing an Annual Bobcat Pelt Tag Report.

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Yeah, I saw the thing about the CITES tag so I called TPW today about getting the tag and the warden I spoke with said that I had to have a current TX hunting permit to even possess the cat. Being a MO resident I don't have a Texas permit, but thankfully my dad and brother both do. I did think that was a bit strange though since it was roadkill. I tried to find this spelled out in the tpw outdoor annual but I couldn't find anything. Anybody seen this law on a TPW website or other literature? For now that cat's staying in TX until we get it figured out.
.... kinda reminds me of the old guy out hunting, shot 2 big ol' male squirrels. On the way home, he decides he'll get'em fixed up, one on each end of the couch on a lamp table, in the family room. So he asks the taxidermy feller how much to fix 'em up, the taxidermy guy said "About $5 bucks apiece, do you want 'em mounted?" The hunter looks kinda puzzled for a minute, then said, "Nah, just have 'em shakin' hands."
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