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Legislative Committee Votes to Object to Bobcat Season

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A legislative committee has voted to object to a controversial proposal for a bobcat hunting and trapping season in New Hampshire, saying the traps also could catch Canada lynx — a threatened species.

The committee, which reviews rules proposed by state agencies, voted yesterday to send the proposals to Fish and Game committees of the state House and Senate for further review after about 20 people testified, most of them against the season.

In February, New Hampshire's Fish and Game Commission narrowly approved a bobcat hunting and trapping season after more than a quarter-century. Fifty bobcat permits would be issued through a lottery.

The proposal generated the biggest response it's received during a public comment period in years, and most of it was negative.

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