March 3, 2013

Changes proposed for state bobcat hunting, trapping regulations

Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to regulations that would provide increased hunting and trapping opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing bobcat population.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced in a press release that rules related to a five-year Bobcat Management Plan are now open for public review and comment.

“Regulation changes are needed to implement several strategies in the recently adopted Bobcat Management Plan,” Martens said. “The changes to the bobcat hunting and trapping seasons will increase opportunities for New York sportsmen and women, accompanied by rigorous monitoring requirements to ensure that harvest levels are sustainable.”

DEC adopted the bobcat management plan in October 2012 following extensive public input. Comments submitted on the draft were important in finalizing the plan and developing this rulemaking proposal. DEC will accept public comments on the proposed regulations through April 8.

The specific regulatory proposals can be seen on the DEC website at The proposed rule can also be viewed in the February 20, 2013 publication of the New York State Register, which is posted on the DOS website at

Citizens who wish to make formal public comments may do so by writing Bryan L. Swift, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233; or emailing

For more information about bobcats in New York, including the recently adopted management plan, go to DEC’s website.

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