State lawmakers have voted to allow bobcat hunting in Illinois. Bobcats were put on the endangered species in 1977, but numbers have grown since then with about three to five-thousand living in the state. Legislation creating a bobcat hunting season from November 1 through February 15 in Illinois has been approved.
The bill is sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville).
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Opponents disagree, arguing this is unnecessary since there currently isn't an over abundance of bobcats in Illinois. If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Natural Resources would be empowered to determine when and where bobcats could be hunted and the number of bobcat hunting licenses that could be issued. The bill now goes to the governor.