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New York adopts new plan expanding bobcat hunting

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State officials in New York say they've adopted a new five-year plan for managing the state's population of bobcats. The plan calls for more hunting of the animals in new areas of New York state, including central and western New York.

The move comes as biologists say the bobcat population has grown to more than 5,000 animals. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, planners received more than 1,600 comments about the plan, many critical of state's intention to expand hunting opportunities.

State biologists say they expect the changes to result in fewer than 150 additional animals being harvested by hunters each year.

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