|Although bobcats are native to Ohio, hunting and habitat destruction in the late 1800s and early 1900s nearly caused these majestic animals to disappear from the state. In 1974, their numbers were still so low that the species was added to Ohio’s first endangered species list. Bobcats are a keystone species, meaning that their absence significantly affects the stability of the ecosystem in which they live. Despite this, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a rule change that would allow bobcats to be trapped and hunted. These animals desperately need your help!
The DNR is accepting public comments on this proposed rule change until Monday, March 5. Please visit the comment submission page, scroll down to reach the form, and follow these instructions:
· Next to “Do you have a comment on a specific rule?” click “Yes.”
· Next to “Select the proposed rule change you are commenting about,” select “1501:31-15-09 Hunting and trapping regulations for furbearing animals.”
· Carefully enter your contact information into the form.
· Write a comment urging the Ohio DNR to eliminate this proposed rule change and keep bobcats protected.
· Click “Submit.”
Please share this alert with all your friends in Ohio and urge them to take action. Thank you for your compassion for animals!