The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 Monday to ban bobcat trapping statewide. Commission President Jack Baylis and Commissioners Anthony Williams and Eric Sklar voted in favor of a statewide ban. Commission Vice President Jim Kellogg and Commissioner Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin voted against it.
The decision yesterday completely bans bobcat trapping in California, with the exception of depredation trapping.
The ban will become effective after approval by the state Office of Administrative Law and submission to the Secretary of State. The regulations may be effective before the start of the 2015-2016 bobcat trapping season.
The Commission's decision came about, in part, due to the advocacy efforts of a coalition of animal-rights and conservation organizations comprised of the Mountain Lion Foundation, Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Project Bobcat, Project Coyote, EPIC, California Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators, Mono Lake Committee, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, Friends of Griffith Park, National Parks Conservation Association, Morongo Basin Conservation Association, Social Compassion in Legislation, Friends of the Inyo, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, and Bird Ally X.
The Mountain Lion Foundation would like to thank Commissioners Baylis, Williams and Skar for their vote, as well as the hundreds of MLF members and private citizens that wrote letters, signed petitions, or voiced their support for their assistance in stopping this cruel and needless activity.