Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »
Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »
All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
Southern Florida is home to many unique carnivores including two large cat species, the Florida panther and the bobcat. The bobcat is a less well-known species that can be found throughout most of North America. Found in wild cypress swamps, prairies, hardwood hammocks, and pinelands of Big Cypress National Preserve, the bobcat of southern Florida has maintained a healthy population and is not listed as state or federally threatened or endangered.
How do you know it when you see it?
The size of a Big Cypress bobcat can vary depending on the gender, but the species overall reaches the size of a medium-sized dog with males weighing up to 24 pounds and females weighing up to 15 pounds.
What's for dinner?
Where can I see a bobcat?
Home range for the bobcat also varies with gender. Male bobcats will often have a home range of 10-15 square miles that often overlaps the range of females, and females will often occupy a home range of 5-10 square miles.
Did You Know?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.