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California extends no-bobcat-trapping zones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would create no-trapping zones for bobcats in areas surrounding national parks, state parks and wildlife refuges where trapping is already prohibited.

Brown on Friday signed AB1213, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Richard H. Bloom of Santa Monica.

The bill also requests that state Fish and Wildlife officials identify other possible areas to extend the ban, including state conservancies.

Bobcats aren't a threatened species in California and there's a legal trapping season from November to January. The price of pelts, and number of bobcats killed, has soared in recent years and the furs can bring $400 apiece.

In a signing statement, the governor requested that the legislature find funds to conduct a statewide bobcat count so the bill can be properly implemented.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, www.pe.com

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