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America’s trapping boom relies on cruel and grisly tools

By Tom Knudson | REVEAL: The Center for Investigative Reporting January 14, 2016 Day after day, the mountain lion struggled to free itself. But the steel-jaw trap held its grip. Desperate, the big cat bit the trap so hard that it broke a tooth. It tugged and wrenched and twisted. Finally, exhausted and dehydrated, the...

7 proposals that could save animals from cruel traps

By Tom Knudson | REVEAL: The Center for Investigative Reporting February 8, 2016 Warning: This article contains graphic photos of animals injured in traps. The traps are set near hiking trails, on public land, even in wildlife refuges. Their purpose: to capture bobcats and other wild animals whose pelts are exported to China, Russia, Canada...

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Trapping Bobcats for Fur in the U.S. is Going Strong—And It’s Grisly

By Rachael Bale | National Geographic PUBLISHED January 15, 2016 A new investigation reveals America’s booming fur industry feeds high-end markets in Asia and Europe. When I think of fur trappers, I imagine a frontiersman in a coonskin cap paddling his canoe full of beaver pelts down the Hudson River. But when reporter Tom Knudson...

Christie in N.H.: ‘For all of you who want bobcats killed, I’m your guy’

By Holly Ramer | The Associated Press February 2, 2016 Questioned twice in less than 24 hours about a proposal to bring back a bobcat hunting season, the presidential hopeful takes a stand on the issue. NASHUA, N.H. — It’s not an issue he gets asked back home in New Jersey: What to do about...

Help New Hampshire keep bobcat trapping and hunting from being reinstated in their state

Please show solidarity with NH activists fighting to keep bobcat trapping & hunting from being reinstated in their state. Sign the Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/p/executive-director-nh-fish-and-game-department-save-the-bobcat-in-nh/

BOBCAT TRAPPING BAN FINALLY OFFICIAL EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 20, 2015

Thanks to your three years of help, on August 5, 2015 the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 in favor of adopting a statewide ban on the pelt trapping of bobcats. But a few procedural steps remained before the ban could officially take effect, and paperwork delays very nearly resulted in yet another year...

It’s Official: Bobcat Trapping Banned in California

By Miriam Seger KCET ReWILD Commentary November 18, 2015 3:05 PM  Three years in the making, but only four days before the opening of what would have been the 2015 season, bobcat pelt trapping becomes illegal in California as of November 20. Thus ends a circuitous journey that began in early 2013 when a citizen...

BOBCAT TRAPPING BANNED IN CALIFORNIA!

Project Bobcat would like to thank every single one of you who participated, the California Fish and Wildlife Commission received over 25,000 comments, letters, and signatures urging for a statewide ban on the trapping of bobcats. The landslide number of ban supporters had a major impact on the outcome of this groundbreaking 3-2 decision, which...

California bans trapping of bobcats amid protests over cruelty

By Louis Sahagun| LA Times The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban all commercial bobcat trapping in the state, even as members acknowledged they had no evidence the centuries-old industry was harming the species. The commission voted 3 to 2 to eliminate the industry, with the majority citing two reasons. The estimated...

BAN THE TRAP! How you can help end bobcat trapping in CA

Help stop bobcat trapping for good in California by emailing CA Fish & Wildlife (JULY 31st deadline) the following message personalized with your own comments to: fgc@fgc.ca.gov SUBJECT LINE: Support Option 2, statewide ban on bobcat trapping Dear Executive Director Sonke Mastrup: I strongly urge you to choose the Option 2 statewide ban on trapping...