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New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Proposes Bobcat Trophy Hunting

The proposed season will allow a hounding, trapping and baiting season on bobcats for the first time since 1989

After several months of discussion, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted on the details of a proposal to open a season on bobcats for the first time in over 25 years. The proposal will now be subject to public comment and a hearing. 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:

“It’s a shame that the Fish and Game Commission refused to listen to the majority of New Hampshire residents who are strongly opposed to opening a bobcat season, and instead catered to special interests that wish to profit off of  these beautiful cats. Bobcats, known for their tufted ears and bobbed tails, are slightly larger than the average housecat, and are much beloved, as demonstrated by the tremendous response to a call for photos of them. After the tragic death of Cecil the lion, the public is more aware than ever of how cruel and unnecessary trophy hunting is, and we urge the Commission to reject this proposal.”

Media Contact:
Chloe Detrick, 202-658-9091, cdetrick@humanesociety.org

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