SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill that would make it legal to
hunt bobcats in Illinois is advancing in the state Legislature.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports
the legislation was approved by a House committee on Feb. 25.
Bobcat hunting in Illinois became illegal in 1972, when
conservationists were worried about a decline in the big cats’ population.
State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal, R-Morrisonville, is one of the
measure’s sponsors. He said there are at least 3,000 bobcats living in southern
Illinois, although the animals are scattered across the state.
The bill would allow hunters with a permit to kill one
bobcat a year during a season that runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15. It now
heads to the full House.
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