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February 1st hearing to consider bobcat hunting, trapping

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on February 1st on proposed rules to start a bobcat hunting and trapping season.

The Fish and Game Commission is proposing to issue 50 bobcat permits through a lottery. The timing of the draft season would be similar to New Hampshire's fisher season, with December trapping and January hunting. If adopted, the proposal would take effect this December.

All of New Hampshire's neighboring states and provinces - Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Quebec - have bobcat seasons, although none limit their take using a permit system as proposed by New Hampshire.

The department says the bobcat population could sustain modest harvest and still accommodate slow growth.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the statehouse.

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