Environmentalists lauded Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for his decision the day before to sign a bill that will prohibit commercial trapping of bobcats in California in areas adjacent to national and state parks, national monuments or wildlife refuges in which trapping is currently prohibited.
Assemblyman Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa-Monica) introduced the measure after a group of residents near Joshua Tree National Park complained about trappers killing bobcats just outside the park boundaries.
In signing AB 1213, the governor went further and asked lawmakers to work with the Department of Fish and Game to secure funding for a survey of the state’s bobcat population.
“Based on this work, the department and the [Fish and Game] commission should consider setting population thresholds and bobcat trapping tag limitations in its upcoming rulemaking,” Brown wrote in a signing message Friday.
A bobcat pelt brought trappers about $78 in 2009, but has skyrocketed to more than $700 today, resulting in much more trapping in the state, The Times recently reported.