As you may know I have been working really hard on these issues recently and it looks like we're finally making some progress. Healthy populations are flourishing and outdated laws are being lifted to allow posession of legally harvested animals that are on the Indiana protected species list. Now you can bring that trophy Texas bobcat back home to Indiana to display in your home! We owe a lot of thanks to the newly appointed IDNR officials, they have been great to work with thus far! Thanks: Jason R. Bruce (Jrbhunter) IDNR Release Indiana otter, bobcat and badger populations improve ------------------------------------------------------- The Department of Natural Resources has removed bobcats, badgers and river otters from the Indiana endangered species list. The three species have been reclassified but remain protected as non-game species. "The elevation of these species from endangered to protected non-game status is the result of a highly effective wildlife program and a series of important partnerships in Indiana," said DNR director Kyle Hupfer. "Trappers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and other Hoosiers have all been a part of providing more habitat for these species to exist and flourish." The badger, bobcat and river otter were all included on Indiana's original endangered species list in 1969. Studies by DNR biologists during the past 10 years have shown growing bobcat, river otter and badger populations. Ten years ago, DNR surveys found evidence of badgers in 61 Hoosier counties. Since then, badger evidence has been reported in another 21 counties. During the mid-1950s, badgers were found in only 33 Indiana counties. DNR biologists say the increase in the Indiana river otter population is because of both improved habitat and the state's river otter reintroduction program. From 1995 through 1999, The DNR released more than 300 wild river otters at 12 sites in six Indiana watersheds. Otters are now found in 63 Indiana counties. Bobcats are also on the rebound. These wild cats have recently been confirmed in 32 counties. Bobcat studies centered around Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in Martin County and private land in the heart of Indiana's bobcat's range confirm the improving status of bobcat populations. By Indiana law, endangered species are any species or subspecies of wildlife whose prospects for survival or recruitment within the state are in jeopardy, or are likely to become so within the foreseeable future. More Indiana river otter information: www.ai.org/dnr/fishwild/e.../otter.htm More Indiana bobcat information: www.ai.org/dnr/fishwild/e...index.html More Indiana badger information: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/p...badger.htm ------------------------------------------------------------ News Release Effective 4:00 PM July 13, 2005 Due to the efforts of dedicated trappers James White and Winston Marshall, working withIndiana trapper Jason Bruce, and National Trappers Reform Staff Member Bob Wendt, the Indiana endangered species provisions 3121AC 9 have been Temporarily modified. The ban on endangered species relative to the NTA National Convention that has caused great concern for dealers and tailgaters has been modified, to allow possession of carcass, hides or parts that were lawfully acquired. Due to these efforts, you will be allowed to possess such parts, hides, and carcasses given proof or seal that these were lawfully acquired. We owe a great deal of thanks to Lt Mike Crider of the Indiana DNR who was instrumental in pulling this off. He as well as James, Winston, Jason and Bob really made this happen. Great going fellas, and thanks! The directive was signed by the Indiana Secretary of State, Todd Rokita and Indiana Director of Natural Resources Kyle J. Hupfer, and is effective as of 11:30 AM this morning, July 13, 2005.