Bobcat Protection Act in California aims to protect Bobcats from commercial trapping

| June 20, 2013 | Reply

The Bobcat is a medium-sized cat that occurs in southern Canada, northern Mexico and across most of the USA.
Defenders of Wildlife estimate population in the wild to be between 725,000 and 1,020,000 cats. So far the Bobcat is not nearly as rare ans many other cat species like the Tiger or it’s critically endangered cousin, the Iberian Lynx – but in conservation today it is always important to be very cautious and monitor populations closely and remove negative effects as early as possible.

Bobcats are still hunted for the commercial fur trade. From an ecological point of view it makes absolutely no sense to hunt a predator like a Bobcat (or other predators like Wolves, Leopards, Fishers and others).

A new Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 in California would ban the commercial trapping of bobcats in California and also the the commercial sale and export of bobcat pelts.

According to Why California Should Ban Bobcat Trapping , up to 14,400 bobcats can be killed each year in California and this is “based on bad science” that is more than 30 years old.

As I already wrote above, it makes no sense from an ecological point of view to hunt Bobcats. And basing the quota on old (and possibly wrong) data is more than dangerous. Nobody knows how much this will hurt the current population and the ecological consequences of removing so many Bobcats from California each year.

More information about the Bobcat Protect Act of 2013 in California.
Project Bobcat

Why California Should Ban Bobcat Trapping

Bill Aims to Protect Bobcats From Commercial Fur Trapping in California.

More information about Bobcat biology:
Urban Carnivors – Bobcats

A great book about Bobcats:
Bobcat – Master of Survival by Kevin Hansen

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