Every year in California, trappers manage to capture and skin nearly two thousand bobcats. The pelts of these wild cats are valuable to trappers as they can fetch upwards of $600 to $1,000 in markets like China, Russia, and Greece. While there is a legal season during which bobcat trapping is allowed, trappers often poach bobcats from private property and national parks. Aside from the obvious cruelty and legality issues, there is also the issue of the bobcat population. While according to official numbers trapping and hunting as many as 14,400 bobcats yearly should leave the bobcat population viable, the truth is no one is certain how many bobcats there are in the wild.
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