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.