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New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Votes to Allow a Bobcat Hunting Season

Season will allow the hounding and trapping of bobcats for the first time in over 25 years

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted today to open a season on bobcats for the first time since 1989. The season includes 50 bobcat hunting permits and allows trapping, baiting and hounding of bobcats. The vote comes after hundreds of residents testified against the hunt during two public hearings earlier this month and after thousands of people submitted written comments in opposition. The commission approved the proposal by a vote of 5 to 4.

Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “It’s outrageous that the Fish and Game Commission chose to ignore the opinion of the majority of New Hampshire citizens in favor of a small but vocal minority of trappers and houndsmen who want to commercialize our bobcats for their own private gain. Opposition to bobcat hunting is widespread and diverse, with animal advocates, conservationists, biologists, foresters, hunters and trappers alike testifying and commenting against the Commission’s proposal. This is a very disappointing action by the Commission, and we hope it will serve as a catalyst for change in the way wildlife is managed in the future in the Granite State.”

It’s highly unlikely the Commission had time to thoughtfully review all of the comments that were submitted before the Feb. 10 deadline, and this frustrating decision is indicative of the highly biased makeup of the Commission – where public opinion and scientific input are shunned in favor of catering to special interests.

Media Contact: Chloe Detrick, 301-721-6463, cdetrick@humanesociety.org

 

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