According to a DEC press release: “After careful consideration of the public comments received, DEC adopted rules affecting bobcat hunting and trapping in New York to implement certain aspects of the state’s Five-Year Bobcat Management Plan.” The Bobcat Management Plan drew fire last year and public comments received by the department were overwhelming against the expanded season.
“The harvest of bobcats will be closely monitored by DEC biologists via activity logs maintained by hunters and trappers, a mandatory pelt sealing program, and hunter and trapper surveys,” the DEC press release said.
The newly adopted changes which apply to Northern New York include:
The trapping season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J and 6N is extended to match the hunting season dates; the season in these WMUs now closes February 15th each year.
The hunting season in WMU 6N is extended to February 15th each year to match the rest of northern New York.
Hunting areas were also widely expanded in southern and western New York; no changes were made in the southeastern New York.
The full text of the adopted bobcat regulations and a summary of public comments on this rulemaking is available on DEC’s website. The Bobcat Management Plan, which formed the basis for these regulatory changes, is also available on DEC’s website.
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