Published January 07, 2013, 03:00 PM

Reader Submission: AREA TRAPPER TAGS 44 LB BOBCAT

Local hunter and trapper Brooks “Cat” Ketchum captured a bobcat with a #4 leghold trap near Barnes in Northern Wisconsin on December 24, 2012.

By: Reader Submission, Northland Outdoors

This story was submitted by one of our readers

Local hunter and trapper Brooks “Cat” Ketchum captured a bobcat with a #4 leghold trap near Barnes in Northern Wisconsin on December 24, 2012. Ketchum received one of 165 tags awarded to the 6255 applicants for the 2012-2013 bobcat season. Only 2.6% of all applicants received tags this year.

Bobcat populations are controlled by management and regulated harvest through hunting and trapping. The average weight for a female is 15 pounds and for a male bobcat, 25 pounds. Ketchum’s bobcat weighed in at an extraordinary 44.1 pounds.

Hunters and trappers are allowed to keep the pelt, but the bobcat carcasses are collected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. According to DNR wildlife biologists, registration and carcass collection allow scientists to gather important management information such as harvest pressure, overall age structure of the population, reproductive age, and previous litter sizes.

Ketchum estimates that his bobcat was well over ten years of age as the bobcat’s canine tooth were nearly worn down to the gums. He plans to have his pelt displayed with a full body mount climbing rocks, similar to the habitat where the bobcat was trapped. Ketchum also received a bear permit earlier this fall and shot a black bear across the road from his residence in rural Woodville.

Trish Ossmann , Regional Public Affairs Manager with the Office of Communications, Northeast Region of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent a congratulatory email to Ketchum. She further stated that 44 bobcats had been harvested through December 25th of the first season. For more information on the Wisconsin bobcat, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/reports.html and click on the Furbearers tab.

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