From the fantastic folks at Project Bobcat:
Urge California Fish and Game Commission to amend Bobcat Protection Act
At the public meeting on Dec. 3, 2014, the Commission will begin the process of discussing strategies for creating buffer zones and areas in which trapping is prohibited, and setting trapping fees. …
Commenting in person leaves an extremely strong impression in the minds of the Commissioners. The pro-trapping contingent is expected at the meeting so please turn out in person if you can. Meetings will continue in Sacramento in 2015, but the Dec. 3 meeting will be a critical, early juncture for pointing policy toward stronger regulations.
If you’re able to attend the meeting, verbal comments can be as simple as, “My name is ______, and I support ________(stronger regulations, a statewide ban, etc.)”, or you can fill the allotted minutes by elaborating on reasons for regulation.
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Public Meeting in Van Nuys: Dec. 3, 8 am
Where: Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA.
Recap of talking points from the last action alert:
Implementation of the Bobcat Protection Act is being slowed due to trappers’ objections that fees will greatly increase in price. A key point of the bill mandated that the Fish and Game Commission was to conform to existing laws which requires the trapping program to be self-funded. Instead, the program continues to run at a deficit, benefiting trappers at the cost of the state (and taxpayer).
Remind the Commission that license and tag fees must be raised to pay for the trapping program under current law, and that most of the commercially trapped bobcats are taken by a very small number of individuals.
Let the Commission know that you would like to see bobcat trapping banned for anything other than research or rehabilitation.
Inform the Commission of the valuable role of bobcats in ecosystem balance, our tourism economy, and any of your personal reasons for supporting bobcat protection or for opposing the trapping of bobcats for their pelts.
Ask the Commission to ban the commercial trapping of bobcats statewide.
ALSO, At the December 3 meeting, Item 5 on the agenda will be another important issue, regarding regulations that will prohibit coyote killing contests. You will be able to speak in person or write in on this as well.
Thank you for your support!
–Project Bobcat team.