A juvenile bobcat, born last year, sits outside a building at the Pantex Plant last week. Three breeding females make their home at Pantex, ranging across the site’s 18,000 acres and beyond. The smallest bobcat range encompasses an area of 15 square miles.
Pantex maintains an active Wildlife biology program, tracking and conserving various animal species on the plant site. As part of this program, and in collaboration with West Texas A&M University, Pantex tracks the bobcats using radio collars and ear tags. A female bobcat will give birth to a litter of three or four kittens every year, using cover provided on the plant to protect the kittens from predators, according to Jim Ray, plant wildlife biologist.