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Bobcats ?

I have a ? for you guys who trap, Why are you only allowed to trap 1 bobcat a yr? Im no trapper but always was wondering why your only allowed 1 seems to me they be the same as a coyote or fox.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 04:06 AM
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I'm no trapper , but I would guess to keep the bobcat population in check . maybe one of trappers could explain it better to you.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 06:21 AM
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Maybe you should ask the PA. Game Commission.
But in my opinion 1 is enough to keep the cats in balance.
Between the callers,trappers and dog hunting 1 seems about right to me.
I would guess that different parts of the state have less or more pressure.
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Every NY management unit from Lake Erie to Binghamton that touches the PA border has no limit on bobcats during the NY season. They are Pa bobcats crossing the border. Here along that border, with the amount of bobcat sign that I have been seeing I cant see where a longer trapping season....possibly extending as far as the February deadline (with a yearly limit of one) will make that much of a difference. ....if NY is allowing a unlimited bag limit on our cats.
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A few years ago their where lots of trappers looking to catch a cat mainly because they never caught or killed one.Now that most have a tanned fur or a mount I see very little trapping pressure in my area.It also has a lot to due with fur prices being way down.So in my area I think they could up it to 2 cats a year.I have took a few walks in the snow this year and saw lots of cat tracks.I have never trapped up north but I know they hunt them with dogs up their and trap so it could be different. What are you guys up North seeing?
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 08:29 AM
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The bobcat biologist is considering shortening the season because he thinks we are harvesting too many! Where is this data???

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Dh3, bobcats (called wildcats back then) used to have the highest bounty on them in the early 1900's. Was $8 which is equivalent to $140 today!!!

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I have a ? for you guys who trap, Why are you only allowed to trap 1 bobcat a yr? Im no trapper but always was wondering why your only allowed 1 seems to me they be the same as a coyote or fox.

because there are not as many bobcats as there are coyote and fox.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 08:56 AM
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My dad, uncle, and some buddies built a cabin near the Lycoming/Sullivan line in 1945 and harvested cats back then and have seen the tracks and cats since.

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The bobcat biologist is considering shortening the season because he thinks we are harvesting too many! Where is this data???
i'm not positive but i think that is incorrect . i remember reading that the reason wa the data showed it was taking trappers and hunters more time to harvest a cat , which (in their mind ) equated to less cats . not sure that is reliable science !
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