Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pa. man will mount trapped bobcat

Coopersburg man gets a bobcat in Elk County

Gary Blockus
February 10, 2009

Bob Yost of Coopersburg got the birthday present of a lifetime on his 70th birthday in December when he successfully trapped a bobcat in Elk County.

Yost, who had been applying for a bobcat tag through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's lottery since the modern day bobcat season resumed in 2000, received his first tag this past season.

The first two of three state-recommended guides canceled on Yost, but the third, Walter Bowden of Sinnemahoning in Elk County, came through. Yost arranged to meet him after finishing deer camp in nearby McKean County following doe season, and because of a heavy snow cover, Bowden recommended trapping a cat rather than hunting it.

After three long days of setting traps, Yost bagged a 22-pound, 33-inch long Tom that had what Yost described as beautiful markings. His wife, Mary Therese, accompanied him and took pictures.

"I've been in the woods since I was 16 and I've only ever seen one bobcat," said Yost, who set five traps and called it long and grueling work to set and check the traps. He'll have plenty of time to enjoy the memories of his "first and last" bobcat hunt because he is having the prize mounted....



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