At Saturday's Nevada Board of Wildlife meeting in Elko, Commissioners voted down a request by trappers to extend the bobcat trapping season for an additional 35 days for a full four months of trapping.
Prior to the meeting, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) had recommended slightly lengthening the season.
On page 3 of a Memorandum issued on May 31 regarding the Commission's Regulation for Upland Game and Furbearer Seasons the Department recommended expanding the bobcat season from 83 to 95 days.
But trappers weren't satisfied, and on June 16, the Washoe County Wildlife Advisory Board voted to urge an even longer season - 120 days.
In collaboration with the Nevada Wildlife Alliance, Mountain Lion Foundation and Project Coyote sent a letter of protest to the Commission, arguing that it is "long past time to end the subsidized destruction and instead protect and value bobcats as living members of a healthy ecosystem. They keep rodent populations in check and help reduce the use of poisons. Like all wild cats, they regulate their own numbers and do not need to be "managed" by people.
Trapping is indiscriminate, and Nevada's allowance of up to 96 hours before a trap must be checked is particularly cruel. There is substantial evidence that mountain lions are killed and maimed by traps set for bobcats and coyotes in Nevada. Don Molde and Mark Smith have filed a lawsuit challenging the trapping rules.
Tom Knudson's recent investigation of bobcat trapping points out the tragedy of the practice. The Mountain Lion Foundation will continue to work with the Nevada Wildlife Alliance to seek an end to bobcat trapping in Nevada.