It started out as a good news story – New Hampshire’s bobcat population is healthy and growing.

At one time, there was a bounty offered for bobcats in New Hampshire, and they were actively sought by hunters with dogs and trappers. Their numbers dwindled until 1989 the state fish and game people put an end to the practice.

Now, following a four-year study by researchers from the University of New Hampshire, the good news is Lynx Rufus has made a comeback.

The bad news is that the fish and game people are thinking about opening a trapping season for the bobcat. But why?

No firm numbers are available, but while the population is healthy, it’s not like they’re becoming a nuisance like coyote or deer. Also, bobcats are notoriously elusive, preferring rocky ledges, dense swamps, and young forests with dense underbrush.

Mostly they feed on rabbits and mice. So it’s not like they’re attacking pets or livestock.

But their pelts are valuable, and that’s the only reason trappers want them.

It’s a shame to think that these beautiful animals were able to make a comeback, only to wind up being worn by someone.

Hopefully the New Hampshire fish and game people will re-think this idea.

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