INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana wildlife officials say bobcat sightings are on the rise and the state could someday allow a limited fur-trapping season for the wildcats.
Bobcats were classified as endangered from 1969 until 2005, when they were removed from Indiana's endangered species list.
WRTV-TV reports the state Department of Natural Resources has been tracking an increase in bobcat sightings around Indiana.
The agency this week posted on its Facebook page a photograph of a young bobcat struck and killed by a car in central Indiana's Tipton County.
The DNR says Indiana's bobcat population is expected to continue growing in areas with good habitat.
The agency says it's possible there may be a limited trapping season for bobcats in the future, especially in their strongholds in southern and northeast Indiana.