Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove introduces Assembly Bill 1254 to ban the trophy hunting of bobcats in California

Sunday, March 24, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Calling the trophy hunting of bobcats cruel and unnecessary, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to ban the killing of bobcats in California.

In Assembly Bill 1254, Kamlager-Dove proposes to make the trophy hunting of these small predators a relic of the past. Bobcats would join California’s other wildcat, the mountain lion, on a rare list of protected species in the Golden State.

During the past ten years, nearly 10,000 bobcats have been killed in California, primarily for their fur or for display as trophies and a source of bragging rights.

“California paves the way and shows the country that residents in this state won’t tolerate cruelty,” said Kamlager-Dove. “California is a leader in wildlife protection, and the time is ripe to lead by putting an end to the trophy slaughter of bobcats. Like their larger cousins, the mountain lion, nobody consumes bobcats for sustenance. These iconic creatures deserve protection for future generations to appreciate their beauty and contribution to the ecological health of the planet.”

California – through ballot measures, legislation, and the regulatory process – has been a leader in bobcat protection. In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 4 by a 57 percent majority. This measure banned the use of steel-jawed, leghold and other body-gripping traps used to capture and hold wildlife, including bobcats.

In 2012, the Legislature passed a bill that banned the use of hounds to track and kill bobcats and black bears. In 2013, the Legislature passed the Bobcat Protection Act, which limited bobcat trapping, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife banned commercial and recreational bobcat trapping altogether in 2015.

“Trophy hunting results in the unnecessary and cruel deaths of California’s majestic little carnivores,” said Crystal Moreland, California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Few can argue that spotting an elusive bobcat is a wondrous thrill, and California’s beautiful little bobcats are far more valuable to its citizens alive than dead.”

Bobcats are native to North America and inhabit all lower 48 states. They range from southern Canada to central Mexico and can be found in all environmental zones in California. Typically they prey upon rabbits, squirrels, rodents, birds and smaller game. Bobcat attacks on humans are rare.

To schedule an interview with Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove, contact Alina Evans at (916) 319- 2499.

Assembly District 54 consists of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, Century City, Culver City, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista, Palms, Rancho Park, Westwood and parts of South Los Angeles and Inglewood.

CONTACT: Alina Evans, (916) 319-2499, Alina.Evans@asm.ca.gov