POYNETTE, Wis. – People rarely have an opportunity to catch a
glimpse of the elusive bobcat in the wild, but visitors to the
wildlife exhibit at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in
Poynette now have an opportunity to view two bobcats at their new
home at the exhibit.
The bobcats were born in captivity and donated to the center by
Mark Showbolt of Wisconsin Dells.
One of two new bobcats at the live wildlife exhibit at the
MacKenzie Environmental Center
“Generally animals that are injured, orphaned or born in
captivity cannot be returned to the wild, so we are able to accept
them for educational purposes,” says Derek Duane, director of the
MacKenzie center, which is located just east of Poynette in
The unique live wildlife exhibit at the MacKenzie center
features 22 different animals and birds native to Wisconsin. The
bobcats join mammals such as wolves, coyotes, mountain lions,
otter, badger, and more in the live wildlife exhibit.
“We are excited about the bobcats becoming a part of our
wildlife exhibit,” said Dan Mautz the wildlife technician who cares
for the animals. “This gives our visitors a chance to see bobcats
up close, an opportunity that even the most avid outdoors person
rarely gets, because bobcats are extremely secretive animals.”
Bobcats are about twice the size of a common house cat and are
probably the most common wild feline in North America. They prefer
to live in heavily forested areas but adapt to a variety of
habitats and are mostly crepuscular, or most active at twilight and
dawn. The bobcat and lynx are close relatives and often are
confused during identification. Both share traits like tufted ears
and spots, although the bobcat is the smaller of the two
The MacKenzie Center’s live wildlife exhibit is open to the
public and is free, however donations are always appreciated.
Visiting hours during the winter are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Beginning May 1, the exhibit is open all week including
Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the MacKenzie Center please contact
608-635-8105 or on the web at MacKenzie Environmental Education
Center (exit DNR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek Duane, MacKenzie
Environmental Education Center, at 608-635-8100