Lynx rufus (Bobcat)

L. rufus again met the criteria for high volume trade, as in 2010. EU imports in 2011 were primarily wild sourced skins traded for commercial purposes (39 525 skins), the majority originating in the United States (89%) with the remainder originating in Canada. Imports of wild-sourced L. rufus skins more than doubled between 2010 and 2011, reversing the decrease in trade seen in 2008-2010. The SRG confirmed positive opinions for both the United States and Canada on 27/03/2007 and CoP15 Prop. 2 noted that the species’ status was considered to be secure, with stable or increasing populations.

2010 Summary for Lynx rufus (Bobcat)

Criteria met:  High volume

Principal trade term to the EU:  skins

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  Greece

Top Trading Partner:  United States, Canada

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Least Concern

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced Lynx rufus skins, all purposes, 2001-2010.

The majority of EU imports in 2010 were wild-sourced skins and skin pieces traded for commercial purposes (14,174 and 1,100, respectively). Imports of wild-sourced skins decreased by 25% between 2009 and 2010; 2010 is the third consecutive year in which imports have decreased.

The SRG confirmed positive opinions for specimens from both Canada and the United States on 27/03/2007.