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Bobcat Hunting Measure Advances

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:07:35 CDT
By: AP

Illinois lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow bobcat hunting for the first time in more than 40 years. The Illinois House voted 91-20 in favor of the measure. It now goes to the Senate. Illinois banned hunting of the nocturnal animal in 1972. Bobcats were on the threatened species list from 1977 to 1999. Supporters say the population has made a comeback. Republican state Rep. Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville is the bill's sponsor. He says the bobcat population is growing in rural, non-farming areas of western and southern Illinois. The hunting and trapping season would occur sometime between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15. A hunter would be allowed to kill one bobcat per year.

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