The state government is still in the early stages of planning for a potential bobcat hunting and trapping season
The Natural Resources Commission gave preliminary approval to the idea in September.
The NRC is currently accepting public comment online. The commission will have public hearings early next year. Then they’ll deliberate in May. If approved, the Attorney General and Governor will be next to review the proposal.
Bobcats have been off the state’s endangered species list since 2005 and off the “of special concern” list since 2012.
Marty Benson is a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources. He says bobcats are now common in Southern Indiana and their population is expanding throughout the state.
“The fact that we are even talking about a bobcat season first of all is a huge conservation win,” he says.
The DNR says hunting and trapping is a proven way to sustain wildlife populations.
Benson says the soonest Hoosiers could see a bobcat hunting season would be late 2019.