New York state is taking comments on a plan that would allow hunters to take more bobcats in more parts of the state. This from the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
The plan is really calling for an expansion of many areas where we would like to have a harvest of the species,” said state wildlife biologist Paul Jensen of the Warrensburg DEC office.
“This will give us a better idea of bobcat distribution and enable us to improve our hunting and trapping seasons.
“We’ve been harvesting bobcats for many years,” he added. “On all accounts, bobcats are relatively stable.”
As Phil Brown reported recently in his Adirondack Explorer blog, the primary change in the North Country would be an expansion of the trapping season.
[T]he trapping season in the Adirondacks and the rest of the North Country would be extended. The season now runs from October 25 to December 10. Under the plan, it would be extended to February 15. The hunting season will not change.
The trapping season in the Adirondacks had been shorter than elsewhere to protect fishers. Since the fisher population has rebounded, the department feels that rationale no longer obtains.
The plan also calls for extending both the hunting and trapping seasons in central Tug Hill to February 15.
What do you think? A good sport hunting opportunity? Or are you concerned about the expanded taking of bobcats? Comments welcome.