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Feb 17, 2016 5:13 PM

Fish and Game approves NH bobcat hunting season for 1st time in decades

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CONCORD - The N.H. Fish and Game Commission approved a bobcat hunting and trapping season, despite strong opposition and input from the public.

The commission voted 5-4 during a meeting in a packed room in Concord.

The issue gained attention from around the world, and thousands contacted the department voicing their opinion.

Supporters say a recent UNH study shows the population has rebounded since the last bobcat hunt in 1989.

Opponents say there is no reason to the hunt the animal and that there's concerns about their pelts becoming high demand.

The decision will go to a legislative committee for review.

If approved, hunters will be chosen through a lottery system.

Trapping would take place in December, hunting would take place in January of 2017.

Colleen Shaughnessy is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at cshaughnessy@nh1.com and follow her on Twitter, @ColleenNH1.

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