Over the past few years, a rising demand for bobcat pelts in China and Russia has driven up fur prices and caused a boom in bobcat trapping in California. As a result, trappers have been targeting the boundaries of national parks -- luring the cats out of these safe havens and into their deadly snares and cages.
Fortunately California's legislature passed the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 to protect our parks and wildlife from such commercial exploits. And yet the problem continues because trapping continues in other parts of the state, and because the law has yet to be truly enforced.
January 29, 2015 Action Alert ID# 174
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