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Bobcat Trapping In New Hampshire: Activist Spotlight

Bobcat Trapping In New Hampshire: Activist Spotlight

With reports of the bobcat population increasing in New Hampshire, many are wondering how to properly handle the situation. Some would like to take this opportunity to study the cats, while others feel hunting should now be allowed for the first time since 1989.

Speaking for Animals NH is currently sponsoring a Care2 petition to permanently end the trapping and hunting of bobcats in New Hampshire. Suzanne explains her reasoning behind supporting this petition and cause:

Bobcats in New Hampshire have suffered through the years from habitat loss as well as killings by trappers and hunters. There is no good reason to resume trapping and hunting them, while there are several good reasons not to:

(1) the public does not want NH’s only large feline predator to be trapped or hunted; (2) bobcats do not cause problems for people that they can’t resolve with common sense, such as protecting their cats or farm animals; and (3) trappers and hunters don’t need to target bobcats, since they already have some dozen legal species.

I started this petition to give citizens in NH, New England, the United States and around the world an opportunity to express their opinion about bobcats that would be heard by those in powerful positions to save the bobcat, namely, the NH Fish & Game Department and the NH Legislators (i.e., NH General Court).

Several methods are currently being used to study bobcat habits and population trends in the Keene area of New Hampshire. Researchers say “the resurgence of bobcats in New Hampshire likely has little impact on the ecosystem; they will never reach a density level where they could become a pest.”

What actions do you think the state of New Hampshire should take in response to increased bobcat sightings?

If you feel these wildcats should be free to roam in their natural habitat, you can sign this petition to prevent bobcat trapping and hunting.

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3:10AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Noted, thanks.

7:29PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

thank you for making this petition!

2:05PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

People are intruding into their homes. People should retreat and leave the animals alone. shame on people. DONT KILL THEM, killing is not the solution. Why not catching some of them, neutering and releasing again. This would be not on the correct thing to do, but a testimonial to our intelligence and kindness.

5:46PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Unless they pose an actual threat, animals should be left alone!

11:55AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

LEAVE THE BOBCATS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:12PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Killing wolves, bobcats, wolverines--man will stop at nothing to destroy the species on this earth. Why?? The balance of nature includes all species and, yet, man is hell bent on destroying every species on the planet. Man needs to be regulated because man cannot regulate himself. Protecting animals is not Secretary Salazar's goal--therefore, we must protect our animals, land, water for all citizens of the United States before man destorys it all.

10:21AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

I am absolutely opposed to allowing hunting of this beautiful animal again.

12:34AM PST on Dec 13, 2010

noted

10:20PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

thank you

1:45PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Noted. Thanks.

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