PA Game Commission Announces Bobcat Harvest Results
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters and trappers harvested 487 bobcats during the 2008-09 bobcat seasons.
Harvest numbers for 2008-09 by WMU are: WMU 2A, 2; WMU 2C, 34; WMU 2E, 14; WMU 2F, 41; WMU 2G, 126; WMU 3A, 56; WMU 3B, 123; WMU 3C, 42; WMU 3D, 23; and WMU 4D, 15.
“The 2008-09 bobcat permit holder success rate of 40 percent is tied for the second highest with the 2005-06 harvest, both of which were only surpassed by the 2006-07 harvest rate of 42 percent,” said Dr. Matthew Lovallo, Game Commission Game Mammal Section supervisor and author of the agency’s bobcat management plan. “We expect that, if average winter conditions prevail, the permit holder success rate will range from 39 percent to 42 percent during the upcoming 2009-10 season.
“All of the tools we use to monitor the state’s bobcat population indicate increased abundance and continued geographic expansion outside of the established harvest area. The addition of WMU 4D in 2008-09 increased the available harvest area by 14 percent. Similarly, the addition of WMU 4A and 4E for the 2009-10 season will increase the allowable harvest area by 15 percent, and will better distribute harvest throughout the established bobcat range.”
During the 2007-08 season, 356 bobcats were taken; 258 bobcats in 2006-07 season; 221 bobcats in 2005-06; 196 bobcats in 2004-05; 140 in 2003-04; 135 in 2002-03; 146 in 2001-02; and 58 in 2000-01.
For more than 100 years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-timers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.