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GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado wildlife commissioners have rejected a citizen petition to outlaw the trapping and trophy hunting of bobcats.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission heard arguments from both sides during a hearing in Grand Junction Thursday.

The commissioners say there is a lack of scientific evidence that harvesting bobcats at current levels is harmful to the species.

Supporters of the proposed ban submitted a petition with 208,000 signatures during the meeting.

Bobcats are killed both as hunting trophies and for their pelts. Coat makers in China and Russia sell bobcat-fur garments for thousands of dollars.

Records show licensed hunters and trappers in Colorado killed 1,978 bobcats last year, nearly three times the 680 killed in 2004.

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