Bobcat Harvesting Expanded

The Endeavor News

Bobcat populations have grown to the point that the Game Commission is loosening up on some of its strict regulation for hunting and trapping the species.

After 10 seasons when licenses were awarded by drawing, the agency has established a three-week bobcat season (Dec. 18-Jan. 9) open to anyone who has purchased a bobcat hunting or trapping license. Bobcat season will be open throughout most of Pennsylvania, including all of the northcentral counties.

“All of the tools that we use to monitor the bobcat population indicate increased abundance and continued geographic expansion,” said Dr. Matthew Lovallo, furbearer biologist with the Game Commission.

They’re especially abundant in Wildlife Management Unit 2G, which includes all of Cameron County and the southern halves of Potter and McKean counties.

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