Oct 14, 2015 10:26 AM
NH to consider bringing back bobcat hunting, trapping seasons
The Associated Press
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire is considering whether to bring back hunting and trapping seasons for bobcats and preservation groups are protesting.
The proposal will be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission in Concord.
When the population of the reclusive felines dropped below an estimated 200 in 1989, the state put the bobcat on its protected list and banned hunting or trapping them. Earlier this year, biologists said the population may have rebounded to as many as 1,400 in the fall and winter and 2,200 in spring and summer.
Opponents say there is no need to hunt the animal. They worry the bobcat will be exploited for its pelt and the population could crash again.
Neighboring Maine and Vermont both have bobcat hunting and trapping seasons.