GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Bobcat hunting and trapping is still legal in Colorado, after some people in our state wanted to ban it.
A citizen petition was one of many items on the agenda for Thursday’s Colorado Parks and Wildlife meeting in Grand Junction. After hours of testimony from people for and against the ban, commissioners unanimously voted to deny the petition.
Those for it said the hunting and trapping of bobcats is often cruel, and violates a state law that says hunting methods should be humane. Those against the ban said bobcat furs are a source of income, and that the animal isn't an endangered species.
“Definitely hoping to see the banning of both the hunting and trapping of bobcats for recreational and commercial purposes," said Deanna Meyer, Executive Director, Prairie Protection Colorado.
Supporters of the ban say they may take legal action now that the ban has been rejected, as they believe state law is being violated.
CPW says hunters kill about 2,000 bobcats in Colorado every year.
“It’s well regulated, every single bobcat taken off of the landscape has to be personally inspected and sealed by one of our officers in the field,” said Lauren Truitt, Statewide spokesperson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.