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Bobcat trapping season vote set for Thursday

The Ohio Wildlife Council is set to vote on a proposed bobcat trapping season Thursday. (WSYX/WTTE)

A controversial plan to legalize bobcat trapping in Ohio is scheduled for a final vote Thursday.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is scheduled to make its decision during a 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife District One Headquarters located at 1500 Dublin Road.

A public meeting there last month drew a crowd with strong opinions on the proposal.

The plan would allow trappers to catch a maximum of 60 bobcats from Nov. 10 to Jan. 31 in the southeastern part of the state.

A big point of discussion was Ohio University research into bobcat numbers that would be done before a potential trapping, but not before a vote.

"That information specifically is going to provide population estimate for two areas of the state," said Mike Reynolds with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Trappers said the season isn't about money, and current data already accurate illustrates the bobcat population in Ohio.

Bobcats were removed from the state's endangered list in 2014.

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