Project Wild Coshocton

Dr. Weyrauch (foreground) and Dr. Roberts (background) placing camera traps in February, 2021Project Wild Coshocton ( is a long-term wildlife study started by my colleague, Dr. Shauna Weyrauch, senior lecturer at Ohio State Newark. The name “Coshocton” refers to both a town and county in eastern Ohio, and according to the Ohio History Connection is thought to have derived from a Native American (Delaware) word meaning “Black Bear Town.” While American black bear (Ursus americanus) have yet to return to central Ohio, the name seemed appropriate for research centered on wildlife diversity and conservation.  This collaborative project began in 2015 as an exploration of the diversity and relative abundance of wildlife found in Coshocton County, Ohio, with a specific goal of documenting the distribution of bobcats (Lynx rufus) as their numbers rebounded in the state. Through the use of trail cameras, we continue to expand our understanding of bobcat population trends in the northwestern edge of its current Ohio range, and have expanded the project both in area (now including Coshocton, Holmes, Licking, and Knox counties) and scope (see additional project details below). Check out the project homepage for details, photos, and updates, or follow us on twitter (@WildCoshocton).