I don't think bobcats ever left, they're just rare. I find prints occasionally when I tromp around in the winter. (North-central WI) I've never seen one, though. There's lynx once you get north of HWY 8. We've seen them. Again, they're rare. We had several sightings of cougars in the late 80s around our place, but nothing since then. For about three years, people including me saw them, and then they seemed to disappear. The rumor was that the DNR planted them on a neighbor's 320 acres. Made sense, since we always saw them near our 150 acre property or theirs.
Now that there are wolves around, hard to say what it might do to the cat situation. There should still be plenty of rabbits and rodents, not to mention deer and turkeys for all of them to eat.
How many of you out there keep a journal of your hunting trips or outings? I started to about 20 years ago and then moved them from a journal to a story that I will send out to my friends so that they can enjoy the time as well. I'll aslo put into the journal the scouting trips that go along with the hunts of limited or once in a lifetime hunts.
I have found that if you buy a small notebook that fits into your shirt pocket and take it with you when you head out is the...