Bobcat numbers have dropped, so Montana FWP has reduced the hunting quotas . . .
Montana wildlife officials have reduced quotas for bobcat hunting and trapping across a broad swath of central and northern Montana.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners on Thursday approved a proposal to lower the quota in three regions of the state by a combined 190 animals.
The move came after agency officials said they’d seen a drop in bobcat numbers in those areas. The decline is considered a cyclical population shift, but wildlife officials have said they don’t want to exacerbate the drop through hunting and trapping.