Bobcat protection bill signed, Ramos applauds
SACRAMENTO • Third District Supervisor James Ramos lauded Friday's signing of a bobcat protection bill, establishing a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park and other refuges in California.
Assembly Bill 1213, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, will also require trappers to obtain written permission from a landowner before catching a bobcat on their private property.
"I want to thank Governor Brown for his support to San Bernardino County and the area of Joshua Tree," Ramos said in a prepared statement. "This legislation provides crucial protection for our bobcats in and around Joshua Tree National Park."
Ramos, who represents Barstow, also thanked his constiuents for "their hard work in bringing this legislation forward."
He previously sent a letter to the governor expressing his support of the bill.
The bill, passed Sept. 9 in state senate, was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).