When trapping a bobcat, it is important to use a cage to minimize contact with the animal. Place the trap in areas that the cat is known to frequent.
In trapping a bobcat, use large cages made of metal or wire mesh. Cover the bottom of the cage with dirt, and place brush on the top as camouflage. Food can be placed in the cage as bait. If a cage is not an option, leg-hold traps are effective for trapping bobcats.
When setting the trap near the bobcat's den, avoid bothering the animal. Since bobcats are creatures of habit, observing paths the animal may take can help determine where to place the trap. Bobcats cannot be lured too far away from their set paths. Place food along the pathways, including hot dogs or spicy meats. Bobcats notice strong odors, so mackerel or sardines are also suitable foods. Bobcats generally prefer fresh bait, including rabbit, muskrat and poultry.
Once the animal is trapped, bobcats strike when the opportunity arises. Take steps to protect yourself, since scratches and bites from a bobcat may carry disease. Even a bobcat's saliva may carry rabies. When any animal is released, wash the cage with bleach to prevent rabies infection.