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We sampled 1,225 bobcats harvested in South Dakota, USA, (2014–2019) and used 17 microsatellite loci to assess genetic diversity and infer population genetic structure. We assigned individuals to genetic clusters (K) using spatial and nonspatial Bayesian clustering algorithms, and quantified differentiation among clusters. We found support for population genetic structure at K = 2 and K = 4, with weak to moderate differentiation among clusters.

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This research was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture McIntire-Stennis program (Project SD00M662-19) and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP). Additional support was provided by the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management and South Dakota State Agricultural Experiment Station.