Indiana hunters are disappointed with the Natural Resources Commission’s decision not to implement a bobcat hunting and trapping season.
The group received praise from environmental groups after withdrawing the proposal Tuesday. Many Hoosiers called for more information and data before the state made a decision.
But James Mahoney, a long time hunter and trapper, says he thinks most of those opposed aren’t regularly impacted by the rising bobcat population.
“If you want to critique a football game, you want to talk to a football player. He can tell you what’s going on in the game and how it’s going, the same thing with basketball,” Mahoney says. “Those who are pertinently involved, very involved, they know the inside. This is the same way with the trapper and hunter.”
Farmers say the bobcats are wreaking havoc on their properties by killing off livestock. And hunters say the animals often get caught in their traps.
More than 2,000 residents submitted public comments online, mostly opposing bobcat hunting, but Mahoney says it doesn’t paint the full picture.
DNR officials say the commission needs to get the public more involved on sensitive issues like bobcat hunting in the future.