Feb 13, 2016 11:15 AM

Maine bobcat hunt ends as New Hampshire considers its own

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's bobcat hunt is coming to a close for the year as New Hampshire regulators decide whether to reinstate a hunting season for the animals in their state.

The bobcat hunt in Maine ends on Sunday. New Hampshire regulators are proposing to reinstate a similar hunt for the first time in more than two decades.

New Hampshire banned bobcat hunting when the population declined in the late 1980s. Opponents of the hunt say they want the ban to remain in place.

But the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted in October to start the rule-making process for a new season that would include 50 permits for residents only, issued by lottery. State officials closed the public comment period on the proposal on Feb. 10.

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