INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
An Indiana Department of Natural Resources official has recommended making
adjustments to two proposals regarding bobcats, raccoons, opossums and
coyotes that have been met with fierce opposition.
One proposal would
create a bobcat hunting season. Hunters would be limited to catching one
bobcat and there would also be an overall statewide quota. The season would
likely run from Nov. 8 to Jan. 31 and be limited to southern Indiana.
The other proposal
would require animal control workers to kill captured raccoons, opossums or
The proposals are
minimal and don’t fully address the public’s concerns, the department’s
chief administrative law judge Sandra Jensen said in a report.
“With respect to
these administrative rule proposals, the hearing officer recommends
additional enlightened discussion and thorough consideration by the
commission,” she wrote.
More than 200
people attended public meetings about the proposals and more than 2,000
comments were submitted online, most of them against the changes.
Many comments said
the department didn’t provide enough evidence to justify a hunting season.
Others said trapping is a cruel and inhuman practice.
specialize in removing animals from people’s homes say the nuisance rule
would hurt business. Michael Meservy, owner of Advanced Pest Control, said
the department shouldn’t be able to force him to kill a healthy animal.
“All three of these
species can harm domestic animals and damage crops. This rule will help
alleviate these concerns without jeopardizing the overall populations of
these animals,” the DNR said on its website.
Natural Resources Commission is expected to vote on the proposals Tuesday.