- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s season for hunting of bobcats starts in one week.

The season for the wild cats runs Dec. 1 to Feb. 14. State Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says bobcats are rare in northwestern Maine due to the long winters, but are common everywhere else in the state.

Hunters must possess a valid hunting license to take a bobcat. The state classifies the cats as “big game animals.”

State officials warn that bobcats and lynx can be difficult to distinguish. Lynx are a species of special concern in Maine and cannot be hunted or trapped.

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