To The Daily Sun,
The Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules reviewed the Fish & Game Commission's request to put the bobcat back on the hunting and trapping list. JLCAR, in the usual Concord fashion, tossed this issue to the House and Senate committees; this is how the Concord moon-dust fairies work. Rather then making the ruling on if the department had or not met the legal guidelines, they toss the ball in some other court — political BS at it's finest; nobody wants to loose votes come November.
This trapping proposal was never a House or Senate bill, it was a F&G Commission proposal. The commission did not acknowledge the input of the citizens, out of 6,000 comments to the F&G Department, only 250 were pro trapping and they total ignored that the lynx (on the federal endangered species list ) were threatened to be trapped. Federal law prohibits lynx trapping. States have been sued for doing so. They (F&G ) did not meet the legal requirement for this proposal, the issue should have ended on Friday, April 1.
The F&G Commission feels that it's the "science " of study that will allow the cat to be put back on the "management" list. Where was the commission when the "science" was ignored year-after-year, when the F&G Department wanted "bait hunting" for deer stopped? A compromise is not acting on the "science."
Eric T. Rottenecker
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