Almost 200 Bobcats


According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission today, hunters and trappers harvested 196 bobcats (124 females, 70 males and two unidentified in report) during the 2004-05 bobcat seasons. During the 2003-04 seasons, 140 bobcats were taken; 135 in 2002-03; 146 in 2001-02; and 58 in 2000-01.

The number of permits for next season remains the same:

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today announced the agency will award 615 permits for the 2005-06 bobcat hunting/furtaking seasons at a public drawing in its Harrisburg headquarters on Friday, Sept. 9.

“Based on the harvest success rate of the 2004-05 season and our survey of unsuccessful bobcat permit holders, we plan to maintain the number of permits allocated,” Ross said.

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