GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife commissioners have rejected a citizen petition to outlaw the trapping and trophy hunting of bobcats.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission heard arguments from both sides during a hearing in Grand Junction Thursday.
The commissioners say there is a lack of scientific evidence that harvesting bobcats at current levels is harmful to the species.
Supporters of the proposed ban submitted a petition with 208,000 signatures during the meeting 243 miles west of Denver. Of those supporters, only 5,139 live in Colorado, according to information from thepetitionsite.com .
Bobcats are killed both as hunting trophies and for their pelts. Coat makers in China and Russia sell bobcat-fur garments for thousands of dollars.
Records show licensed hunters and trappers in Colorado killed 1,978 bobcats last year, nearly three times the 680 killed in 2004.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com