October 14, 2015
New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Votes to Move Forward with Rulemaking on a Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season
The proposed season allows for a hounding, trapping and baiting season on bobcats for the first time since 1989
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted to move forward with rulemaking to legalize bobcat hounding, trapping and baiting for the first time in over 25 years. This vote came after intense public scrutiny and opposition to the hunt. Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“We’re incredibly disappointed that the Fish and Game Commission failed to recognize that opening a season on bobcats was unnecessary. Bobcats belong to all of New Hampshire’s residents, and deserve better than to be hounded, trapped and shot over bait for nothing more than a pelt to be sold to overseas markets. Bobcats aren’t killed for food, and if these rules ultimately pass, they will be slaughtered for nothing more than a shameful trophy hunt.”
The next step would be to define rules of the season and hold public hearings.
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