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Calif. Fish & Game commission considers bans on bobcat trapping




A rescued bobcat waits to be fed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado.
A rescued bobcat waits to be fed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado.
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A 2014 ban on trapping bobcats around Joshua Tree National Park might be expanded to all parklands in California and might go even further to a complete ban across the state.

Tomorrow in Fortuna, the Fish and Game Commission will hear from the California Trappers Association as well as the Center for Biological Diversity who are at odds on the issue. The trappers say a population survey is necessary before adopting further bans, but Brendan Cummings, counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity said that's akin to consistently withdrawing money from a bank account without knowing your bank balance.

In California, bobcats are trapped using cages, not steel-jawed leghold traps. (In 1998, a ballot initiative, Proposition 4, banned the use of body-gripping traps to kill fur-bearing animals.)

Guest:

Mercer Lawing, Director of the California Trappers Association

Brendan Cummings, Senior Counsel & Strategic Litigation Group Director based in Joshua Tree for the Center for Biological Diversity