UPDATE: NH Fish and Game says no bobcat hunting season after all
CONCORD — New Hampshire Fish and Game has announced that there won’t be a bobcat-hunting season next winter after a much-contested proposal was killed on Wednesday.
According to the Concord Monitor, the proposal to allow hunting and trapping of bobcats for next season was withdrawn. A legislative committee rejected the idea.
The proposal that would have allowed 50 bobcats to be hunted next December and January has been the most controversial plan put forward by Fish and Game in decades for the state.
In February, the Fish and Game Commission narrowly voted to approve the season, and it was then sent to lawmakers to draft rules and regulations. As proposed, the bill would have allowed a Dec. 1 through Jan. 31 season for 500 permits.
Hunters and trappers in support of the season said the bobcat population is very healthy, and over population would put the animals at risk.
Following public testimony, the committee deemed the bill "unconstitutional" because the season could lead to hunters killing the similar looking endangered Canadian Lynx, which would violate the Endangered Species Act.