Bobcat Fans Rejoice, Commission Bans Trapping
At the Riverwalk Lodge in Fortuna on Wednesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted, in a 3-2 decision, to adopt a complete ban on bobcat (Lynx rufus) trapping statewide.
“California made history!” said Judie Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation. “They took the moral high-ground to enact a state-wide ban on bobcat trapping in the state of California.”
Attendees of the hearing listened to hours of public testimony, most of which, according to the Environmental Protection Information Center, was in support of the ban.
Commission President Jack Baylis along with Commisioners Eric Sklar and Anthony C. Williams, who were both appointed to the commission by Jerry Brown in June, voted in favor of the statewide ban. Commission Vice President Jim Kellogg and Commissioner Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin voted against the ban.
According to the Califonia Department of Fish and Wildlife, “The decision [on Wednesday] completely bans bobcat trapping in California, with the exception of depredation trapping.”
The ban is still awaiting approval from the State Office of Administrative Law and submission to the Secretary of State, but it could go into effect before the 2015-2016 bobcat trapping season starts, which is scheduled to begin on November 24 and end on January 31.
“I’m very gratified that California is finally entering the twenty-first century in regard to treatment of bobcats,” Tom Boo and S.P. Parker said. “We drove for 1,500 minutes to speak for just one, but it was worth it.”