Game Commission Announces Bobcat Harvest Results

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Game Commission Announces Bobcat Harvest Results

6/23/08

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters and trappers harvested 356 bobcats during the 2007-08 bobcat seasons.

Harvest numbers for 2007-08 by WMU are: WMU 2A, 3; WMU 2C, 23; WMU 2E, 21; WMU 2F, 31; WMU 2G, 127; WMU 3A, 33; WMU 3B, 72; WMU 3C, 27; and WMU 3D, 14.

"The 2007-08 bobcat permit holder success rate was the third highest since the season began in 2000," said Dr. Matthew Lovallo, Game Commission furbearer biologist 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 2008-09 season.

"All of the tools that 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 2A in 2007-08 increased the available harvest area by 10 percent. Similarly, the addition of WMU 4D for the 2008-09 season will increase the allowable harvest area by 14 percent, and will better distribute harvest throughout the established bobcat range."

During the 2006-07 season, 258 bobcats were taken; 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.

Last year, the Game Commission awarded 1,010 permits from an applicant pool of more than 6,000. In 2006-07, the agency allocated 720 permits from an applicant pool of nearly 5,000; in 2005-06, 615 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of more than 4,600; in 2004-05, 615 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of nearly 4,200; in 2003-04, 570 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of nearly 3,500; in 2002-03, 545 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of more than 3,100; in 2001-02, 520 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of more than 3,100; and in 2000-01, the first bobcat season in 30 years, 290 permits were awarded from an applicant pool of 3,276.

Media Contact:
Jerry Feaser (717) 705-6541 or PGCNews@state.pa.us
 

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