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Proposal Would Legalize Bobcat Hunting in Illinois
Hunters could soon have a new species of game to hunt and trap in Illinois: bobcats.
The Illinois House Ag Committee unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that would allow the Department of Natural Resources to create a bobcat season.
The proposed season would run from November 1 through February 15. Hunters would need to purchase a bobcat permit, and would only be able to harvest one of the predators each year.
"The numbers are on the rise in the areas that they're in, and they project a 4 to 9 percent increase every year," Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R - Morrisonville) said. "So this would give us an opportunity to maintain that, and control it. But the other thing is people say, 'Well, I never see them.' Well, they're nocturnal for the most part. And they're pretty elusive. But that's what makes them good predators."
Rosenthal is the chief sponsor of the bill. He tells us the Department of Natural Resources supports the creation of the season, and he estimates the season could be in place next year.
The bill now heads for a vote in the full House.