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.