Oct 14, 2015 4:21 PM
CONCORD - Should Bobcats be hunted in New Hampshire?
That was the discussion Wednesday at Fish and Game headquarters. The commission met for its monthly meeting and by a narrow vote decided to move forward with a proposal allowing bobcat hunting, trapping, hounding and baiting for the first time since 1989.
The practice was banned in the late 80's when bobcat numbers dipped dangerously low, estimating just 150 left in the state. But biologist say numbers have since rebounded and the New Hampshire ecosystem can support limited hunting.
Supporters say limited hunting actually helps track wildlife better to obtain reliable statistical data.
Opponents, like Lindsay Hamrick, the New Hampshire Director of the Humane Society of the United States, disagrees.
“There really needs to be a long term strategy to be able to do sound research on our wildlife populations without having to kill them to get that information.”
Dan Teague the Director of the NH Trapping Association says that science supports the hunting season and its purely emotional for some people.
Currently, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island do not have a bobcat hunting season. All the other New England state do allow limited hunting.
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