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Hunters Killed 274 Bobcats During Past Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2015

Preliminary harvest data from Wisconsin's 2014-15 bobcat seasons has shown that hunters and trappers harvested 274 bobcats. Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June.

This marks the fifth year of expanded bobcat harvest and includes results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.

"Wisconsin's bobcat population is doing well and continues to expand into central and southwest Wisconsin; 2014 is also notable for efforts to improve population estimate procedures - this is a high priority for the department and key conservation partner groups," said John Olson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources furbearer ecologist. "We share a hope that better population estimates will lead to expanded hunting and trapping opportunities."

Annual harvest quota recommendations are made by the Furbearer Advisory Committee, which includes DNR staff, tribal and partner agency representatives and individuals from key user groups. Wisconsin's bobcat hunting and trapping seasons are divided into early and late time periods.

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