Bobcat Hunting May Soon Be Reinstated in IL

pawsdownPaws Down! To the Illinois legislature for passing a bill that would lift the ban on bobcat hunting in the state of Illinois.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

According to a recent news article, a longstanding ban on hunting bobcats in the state of Illinois may soon be lifted. The measure is being pushed by state Representative Patrick Verschoore who feels that bobcats are a threat to residential areas and farms. Bobcats are predators, but their average weight rarely exceeds thirty pounds and conflicts with humans are extremely rare. However, as a keystone predator – that is, a predator who has no natural enemy, the reproduction rate of this animal is notably low. A low reproduction rate renders these animals particularly vulnerable to overhunting. Last year, the Illinois legislature passed a bill to reinstate the hunting of bobcats, but it was vetoed by then-Governor Pat Quinn.

Take action. Residents of Illinois, contact Governor Bruce Rauner and urge him to keep the hunting of bobcats illegal in Illinois.

One Response to “Bobcat Hunting May Soon Be Reinstated in IL”

  1. Cheryl Free Says:

    Please don’t left the band and shot these beautiful animals


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