Local legislators divided on measure
Photo: Bobcat family in Lakeside, photo by Billy Ortiz
September 13, 2013 (Sacramento) – A bill to prohibit trapping of bobcats around public parks and wildlife refuges in California is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting signature. The bill, AB 1213, would also prohibit trapping bobcats on private property without the landowner’s permission.
An estimated 1,813 bobcats were killed in the 2011-2012 license season, up 51% over the prior year. The vast majority of those (1,499) were taken by trappers, the rest by hunters. Bobcat pelt prices have soared from $78 in 2009 to over $700 today, the Los Angeles Times reported.