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Appeals court says judge was wrong to stop bobcat trapping season
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Court of Appeals says a lower
judge was wrong to stop a bobcat trapping season for the northern
Lower Peninsula.
It's already legal to hunt and trap bobcats in the Upper
Peninsula, and they can be hunted in the northern Lower Peninsula
in January and February.
The state Natural Resources Commission decided to allow the
additional trapping season in 2004. But bear hunters sued and said
the panel didn't adequately determine the negative impact on the
bobcat population.
Ingham County Circuit Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson stopped
the trapping season in 2006. The appeals court says the judge
didn't consider evidence showing the season wouldn't impair the
bobcat population.
Wildlife officials are reviewing the decision.
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