In 1989, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) wisely ended bobcat hunting and trapping in New Hampshire due to the decline of the state’s bobcat population and a high demand for bobcat fur. Now, the NHFG Commission is considering a proposal to reinstitute a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State. The Harris Center does not believe that this proposal is ecologically or economically sound. Read our full, formal resolution opposing the proposal to open a bobcat hunting and trapping season in New Hampshire here.
We are particularly concerned about the bobcat population estimates upon which this proposal is based, which have high margins for error and which do not take into account the recent severe winter conditions (cold with deep snow) known to be detrimental to bobcat survival. In addition, the proposal has generated strong public opposition at a time when NHFG is seeking public support for a much-needed general fund allocation.
Therefore, for the well-being of the New Hampshire bobcat population and for the sake of the public’s support for NHFG, the Harris Center for Conservation Education opposes any effort to re-open a bobcat hunting or trapping season in New Hampshire. Our formal resolution in support of full protection for bobcats in New Hampshire is available for download here. Details of the NHFG bobcat proposal, along with contact information for current NHFG Commissioners, are available on the NHFG website.