this law dates from the days when bobcats were so numerous as to be considered varmint, a threat to farm animals and pets, and when the level of development in the desert was fraction of what it is today. simply put, it's outdated and needs to be changed. today the areas where hi desert trapper sets his traps are residential areas or very close to them and although he seems to think he's justified because it's legal, his practice is clearly out of step with the community in which he practices his hobby. and just because the law hasn't caught up with the contemporary situation doesn't mean it's right. trapping bobcats to sell the pelts to rich divas in china and russia is not why the law exists, and the hi desert trapper is hiding behind the law to justify what is an illegitimate practice. if the trapping of bobcats served a legitimate purpose (they are not so plentiful as to need "pruning") or bobcats and their habitat were as plentiful as they used to be, I'd have no problem with it. as it stands, JTNP provides an island where they can thrive, but that's a testament to the cats' hardiness, not a reason to kill them. and this island survives while their habitat elsewhere continues to shrink. it's not a surprise the law hasn't changed or that the guy from the dept of fish and wildlife "feels sorry" for hunters, just check the sacramento bee's excellent series on the federal dept of wildlife services to see how wrongheaded the govt management of "varmint" can get. tom o'key's property is adjacent to mine, and next year I will trip and/or remove any traps I find, and release any cats in them. this may be illegal and desertrapper is welcome to call the sheriff, but I consider it an act of civil disobedience for what is a outdated law that should have been changed years ago. and even if hi desert trapper is a "responsible" trapper and the few existing trappers' effect on bobcats is minimal, this controversy has served as marketing for all the local knuckleheads who, when they hear about pelts going for up to $1700 each, next season might start doing some real damage to the population.
Atronomer and conservationist Tom O’Key said it best: “This is really, really bad. These guys are carpetbaggers coming onto private land to slaughter bobcats with no regard for a tight-knit community that cares deeply about the national park and its wildlife.”
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He has about 40 adult bobcats and lynx and is just getting started with the foxes. "Breeding bobcats in captivity is still relatively new so it's been mostly a trial-anderror learning process," says Schultz, who began raising bobcats for their fur 13 years ago but has found that low fur prices and a growing demand for pets make it more profitable to sell kitens. In the last five years he has sold over 120 kittens as pets, working through a Minnesota broker who handles pet sales. Bobcats eat a variety of animal species, including mice, rats, squirrels, chickens, small fawns, wild birds, feral cats, cottontail and rabbits. It’s very unlikely, but possible, that free-roaming cats or small dogs left outside unattended might be taken as well.
Bobcats are thriving in the DFW Metroplex, and have for many years. Locally, they tend to breed in February, having a litter of 2-3 kittens in April. Their eyes open around 10 days of age, and the mother takes care of her kittens by herself.
Many people accidentally, and unknowingly, encourage wild animals, including bobcats, to live near their homes by leaving pet food outside, not picking up fallen fruit from trees, leaving free-roaming pets outside, leaving overflowing bird seed on the ground to attract many rodents and mammals, and leaving wood piles and dense vegetation which harbor hiding places for wildlife.
Most urban wildlife are “opportunists” and many are “omnivores” meaning most urban wildlife will eat about anything (animal or vegetable matter) and will take food that is easiest to get. If pet food is left outside, or inside the garage with a pet door entrance, this is easier to get every night than hunting down rodents.