- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Animal rights activists are targeting the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which is deciding whether to restore hunting and trapping season for bobcats.

New Hampshire banned hunting or trapping bobcats in 1989 when the population dropped below an estimated 200, but biologists believe the population may have rebounded to as many as 2,200 in the spring and summer. The state Fish and Game Commission recently voted to reconsider the ban and is looking at a short season with a maximum of 50 animals hunted or trapped.

Animal advocates will be demonstrating near the Fish and Game headquarters in Concord on Friday as part of “Fur Free Friday” protests being held nationwide. Organizers note that bobcats are not hunted as food but for their fur as trophies.

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