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Connecticut Residents, Don’t Report Bobcat Sightings

Photo by Gary Kramer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Since September 2017, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division has been “conducting a bobcat study to understand the ecological niche of bobcats living within Connecticut habitats.”

“To determine bobcat abundance and distribution,” language on the agency’s website reads, “we are relying on help from Connecticut residents to report observations of bobcats. Reports from the public are greatly appreciated and will be invaluable towards understanding the current bobcat population in Connecticut.” (Emphasis added by the DEEP.)

Studies like this put targets on the backs of their subjects.

A recently concluded four-year University of Connecticut study of the state’s black bear population was seized on by hunters and their apologists who want desperately to organize a massacre of that species.

“DEEP’s wildlife experts plan to use the data to better track and manage the state’s growing black bear population,” UConn Today reported in March 2017. 

“Manage,” of course, is a euphemism for “kill.”

In May 2017, activists drove the defeat of legislation (S.B. 522) that would’ve set a Connecticut bear hunt in motion. Still, the threat to the state’s bears and other species remains. 

Hunters and their apologists continue to stoke fears and drive a demonizing narrative. This is a matter of public safety, we are told, as they clean their guns in hopes of taking part in a senseless slaughter.  

Don’t help them. If you see a bobcat or a bear or any other species, say nothing. 

To be continued …

One Comment

  1. pbh wrote:

    I understand your distrust of the DEEP – their oxymoronic name is designed to sow skepticism. But please don’t impugn all of the scientists who work for the department as I would bet that most of them strive to do the right thing. Ecologists do not design wildlife surveys to plot the destruction of said wildlife. Sadly, in light of the current state of the natural world, these surveys serve mostly to prove the further loss of species and their habitat. DEEP scientists may use the information they get about the state’s bobcat population to protect their habitat, to understand how they survive in Connecticut’s concrete jungle, and, because it is a top predator, assess the health of its ecosystem. As we’ve seen with the recent mass resignations from federal departments like the EPA and FWS due to Trump and his cronies’ anti-environment/anti-science policies, many scientists work for the government with the idealistic goal of shaping policy with evidence-based findings. Of course, long before Trump and even in blue states like CT, we’ve seen how little influence they have.

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

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