Nice write-up in the Washington Post. Tourism is huge in New Mexico producing 100,000 jobs and generating over $2 billion in total annual income. Trapping, not so much.
A bobcat’s economic value depreciates almost 1,000 times the moment you put a bullet in it.
This is not the first study to come to the conclusion that living, breathing wildlife is worth more than steaks, pelts and trophies.