Sunday, May 20, 2007

Iowa proposes bobcat hunting season

Public Hearing Set For May 30

POSTED: 3:39 pm CDT May 18, 2007
UPDATED: 4:10 pm CDT May 18, 2007

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa may soon have a bobcat season.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proposing a hunting and trapping season -- from Nov. 3 to Jan. 31, or until a quota of 150 animals is taken. The season would be limited to 21 of Iowa's 99 counties, mainly in southern Iowa.

The DNR's Ron Andrews said the bobcat population is doing "extremely well.''

Bobcats, a predator more than twice the size of domestic cats, were nearly wiped out by early settlers and through habitat changes caused by farming and other developments.

The animals were placed on the endangered species list in the late 1970s. They were later downgraded to a threatened species, and were taken off the list in 2004.

A public hearing on the proposed bobcat season is scheduled for May 30 in Des Moines.

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