A bobcat.

HELENA (AP) – Montana wildlife officials are considering cutting bobcat quotas across a broad swath of central and northern Montana.

John Vore of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says agency officials have seen a drop in bobcat numbers in those areas. He attributes the decline to a cyclical population shift, but says the agency doesn't want to exacerbate the drop through hunting and trapping.

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The FWP proposal would lower the bobcat quota from 200 to 100 in central and northern Montana's Region 4. The quota in south-central Montana's Region 5 would go from 250 to 200, and northeastern Montana's Region 6 would drop from 90 to 50.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comment on the plan before making a final decision during its July meeting.

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