Yet another state has been the lucky recipient of the “traveling bobcat circus” that seems to be making its North American Tour. “Cat fights” over bobcat hunting have recently bubbled to the surface in New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana - just to name a few. It now appears we’re on the “West Coast leg” of the show - with California and Colorado facing demands for restrictions from similar players.
Just as the acorn mast abundance of two years ago drove a rodent explosion last year, I’m confident the expansion in rodent presence will drive a “cyclical boom” in New England’s predatory species this year.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officers tracked down the animal and euthanized it after they were called to a Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague, Connecticut, after a bobcat attacked the unidentified golfer that morning.
"At this point we believe there may be two or more cougars involved," conservation officer Ben York told reporters on Friday of last week.
Connecticut House Bills 6014 and 6013 seek to effective trapping methods and “prohibit the expansion of hunting” in the Constitution State. 6014 is introduced as the Connecticut trapping community is in the midst of assisting with ongoing bobcat conservation projects across the state. (Read more).