The Ohio Division of Wildlife council voted six to one to indefinitely postpone the proposal to hunt and trap bobcats in Ohio.
The council said it wants to research the situation more.
“I had no idea, I was hopeful that they listen to the public,” said Columbus resident Rebecca Estok.
The proposal did not sit well with many Ohioans. They showed up in large numbers to speak out about it in during public comment session.
Something this council chairman, Paul Mechling II acknowledged.
“Council Members have been placed in a difficult and uncomfortable position in deciding the fate of this issue.”
This night was different. There was no public session, but people like Estok did have something to say.
“I was relieved that it was at least postponed, I would like to indefinitely see no bobcat trapping at all.”
As the chairman slammed his gavel to postpone this proposal, he said this may not be the end of the debate.
“Council’s vote on the bobcat trapping proposal should not be viewed as a no vote, but rather as a not now vote,” said Mechiling.
The proposal would allow 60 bobcats to be trapped and killed in the first season.
Those in favor of the proposal argue the bobcat population is skyrocketing, and the 1,000 bobcats reported to be in the state, is much lower than the reality.