As of 11/20/15 which was just 4 days before the season was to begin, trapping of bobcats for pelts was made illegal in California. A person in a rural community discovered a bobcat trap and revealed that our state allowed unrestricted trapping of bobcats whose pelts were being exported to make mittens.
Public outcry was heard by Assemblyman Richard Bloom and the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 (AB1213) began its way through legislature with the goal of a statewide ban of pelt trapping of bobcats. We realize that predators are essential in our ecosystem and our balance relies on their survival.
The bobcat pictured here was found on the doorstep of a woman in Murphys. We asked if she was certain that she had a bobcat and not a feral cat, and she said she was SURE!
She explained that she believed nearby construction and blasting had probably destroyed this cat's home. Pat and Steve got this bobcat and rehabilitated her until she was ready for release.
These animals are shy and not often seen, so knowing their numbers is difficult. We do know that even as babies, they are strong, ferocious and incredibly beautiful.
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).