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To the editor:

It’s my observation that people really like Shawnee State Forest and all it offers the public. Some 820 people signed a petition at the Keep Shawnee Wild booth in the School Exhibit building at the recent Lucasville Trade Days, Scioto County Fairgrounds.

The petition asked to preserve forest habitat in Shawnee for bobcats. Bobcats are increasing in Ohio and have been taken off the state endangered list recently. They are a forest animal and their habitat is decreasing. Shawnee State Forest, with 63,000 acres, has the potential for that amount of native, nautral, undisturbed wild habitat for bobcats. Providing large wild areas might help keep them from highways and residential areas.

A big hit at the booth was a taxidermy-mounted bobcat which had been killed on US Highway 52 south of the forest. It was on loan from Shawnee State Park. The taxidermy was so good, numerous people asked if it was real, or alive.

Many people related their stories of obersving bobcats where they live. Some have seen bobcats or their tracks in Shawnee forest.

Visit Shawnee State Forest. Report bobcat or other observations to www.saveourshaneeforest.com

Barbara Lund

Lynx, Ohio

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