Sportsmen are on the losing side of the battle against the hunting and trapping heritage in California. From outlawing mountain lion hunting to making bobcat trapping illegal, the state has made it clear that they hold animal-rights agendas over responsible game management.
In the most recent attack on hunting, the California Assembly introduced Bill 1254, which would ban bobcat hunting altogether.
“The bill would make it unlawful to hunt, trap, or otherwise take a bobcat, except under specified circumstances, including under a depredation permit.” To make this happen, California Fish and Game would reclassify the bobcat as a “nongame mammal”.
Supporters of the bill say there is no reason to hunt bobcats because they don’t harm livestock.
A hearing is expected on April 9th at 9 AM in room 444 of the State Capitol Building.
California sportsmen should contact their state assembly leader and tell them to vote NO on AB 1254. The Sportsmen’s Alliance is another great resource whose objective is to protect our hunting, fishing, and trapping heritage.