Statewide Ban on Bobcat Trapping to Take Effect Friday

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sacramento, CA -( The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds bobcat trappers that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping will no longer be allowed in California.

At a meeting in Fortuna, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2015, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to ban bobcat trapping statewide. On Nov. 13, 2015, the Office of Administrative Law approved those regulations to be effective Nov. 20.

As a result of the new regulations, related to hunting and trapping of bobcat (Section 478 of Title 14, California Code of Regulations): It shall be unlawful to trap any bobcat, or attempt to do so, or to sell or export any bobcat or part of any bobcat taken in the State of California.

Any holder of a trapping license who traps a bobcat shall immediately release the bobcat to the wild unharmed.

Also beginning Friday, Nov. 20, CDFW will no longer mark bobcat pelts for personal use or issue shipping tags for commercial sale of bobcat pelts taken in California.

About the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) manages California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend.

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Ray Cook

So trapping bobcats in the commi state of CA is now illegal. The article didn’t state specifically whether this applied to shooting bobcats. Regardless, I would shoot every bobcat I saw and now there are going to be more for the callers to call up and shoot. Silly wild game laws are meant to be disregarded and broken. Shoot, Shovel and Shut-Up if you have to. Ray Cook


As with everything else the government does, it does it poorly, and the decisions are made by inept morons that have absolutely no understanding of or experience in the field they are regulating!

david mcfadden

Added thought,, having seen starving and diseased bobcats still out there doing their best to earn a living butt unable to do so as the stronger, healthier bobcats were out competing them and leaving little to no resources for the weaker and injured. Think about it.

David McFadden

As a government trapper from 1976-2008 I have effectively seen it all. The ban on Mountain Lion trapping,, snaring and live catch has/had only resulted in an increase n the number of lions state wide with lions, learning to tolerate human presence coming closer and closer into area of human occupation; neighborhoods, etc;. and eventually preying on domestic pets and garbage. Once had a lion at Sierra Ave. and Blackstone Ave right in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Fresno CA.. Sorry folks but the animals DO NOT read the laws much less abide by them. Wild animals are… Read more »