Bobcat Trapping Under Attack in California

California Trappers Association CTA
California legislatures are considering a bill that would make bobcat trapping illegal in California. Bill AB 1213, which is also referred to as The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, was introduced in February. Legislators are schedule to discuss the bill in a committee hearing on Tuesday, April 2.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 was introduced by California Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Feb. 22, 2013. Amendments were made to the bill on March 19, and the bill was assigned to the Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee on March 20. The full text of the bill is available on the California Trappers Association website.

The California Trappers Association hired a lobbying firm called Lynch and Associates to assist in defeating the bill. The National Trappers Association, Fur Takers of America and several state trapping organizations have also been working with the CTA.

The CTA has been accepting donations to help pay for the costs of their work to defeat the bill. If you are interested in donating, the CTA accepts donations via PayPal on their website or checks or money orders via mail. Please make payments payable to the California Trappers Association. In the Memo section, write “Fight AB1213.” Check or money orders can be sent to:

Reid Aiton
PO Box 1339
Blue Lake, CA 95525

At this time, the best-case scenario for California trappers would be for the bill to be killed in committee. The CTA has sent people to the capital to lobby members of the committee. They are also encouraging trappers within the state and outside the borders to contact legislators to encourage them to vote against the bill.

If you’d like to contact legislators to let them know you oppose AB 1213, their contact info is provided below:

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Phone/Fax Contact info:

Capitol Office:
State Capitol
Tel: (916) 319-2050
Fax: (916) 319-2150

District Office:
Tel: (310) 450-0041
Fax: (310) 450-6090

Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Chair
Assembly District 63
District Telephone: (562) 529-3250/FAX: (562) 529-3255
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2063/FAX: (916) 319-2163

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Vice-Chair
Assembly District 5
District Telephone: (209) 223-9140
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2005/FAX: (916) 319-2105

Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
Assembly District 72
District Telephone: (714) 843-4966/FAX: (714) 843-6375
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2072/FAX: (916) 319-2172

Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills)
Assembly District 45
District Telephone: (818) 904-3840/FAX: (818) 904-0764
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2045/FAX: (916) 319-2145

Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles)
Assembly District 39
District Telephone: (818) 504-3911/FAX: (818) 504-3912
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2039/FAX: (916) 319-2139

Assemblymember Brian Dahle (R-Bieber)
Assembly District 1
District Telephone: (530) 223-6300/FAX: (530)-23-6737
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2001/FAX: (916) 319-2101

Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino)
Assembly District 28
District Telephone: (408) 277-2003/FAX: (408) 277-2084
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2028/FAX: (916) 319-2128

Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Jr. (D-Oakley)
Assembly District 11
District Telephone: Not Listed
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2011/FAX: (916) 319-2111

Assemblymember Beth Gaines (R-Rocklin)
Assembly District 6
District Telephone: (916) 774-4430/FAX: (916) 774-4433
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2006/FAX: (916) 319-2106

Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake)
Assembly District 43
District Telephone: (818) 558-3043/FAX: (818) 558-3042
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2043/FAX: (916) 319-2143

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)
Assembly District 51
District Telephone: (213) 483-5151/FAX: (213) 483-5466
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2043/FAX: (916) 319-2143

Assembly Adam Gray (D-Merced)
Assembly District 21
District Telephone: (209) 726-5465/FAX: (209) 726-5469
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2021/FAX: (916) 319-2121

Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno)
Assembly District 23
District Telephone: (559) 446-2028/FAX: (559) 446-2029
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2023/FAX: (916) 319-2123

Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis)
Assembly District 4
District Telephone: (530) 662-7867/FAX: (530) 662-6370
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2004/FAX: (916) 319-2104

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