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PostPosted: 29 Sep 2016, 11:00 
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Bobcat hunting is legal in Illinois for the first time in decades.
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CHICAGO — A small but vocal group — which includes some Chicago residents — is trying to sabotage the lottery for getting a permit to hunt bobcats in Illinois for the first time in 40-plus years.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is administering the application process, which runs through Sept. 30. The organization is issuing 500 permits to hunters, who can harvest one bobcat each — either by hunting or trapping them.

The elusive, fur-bearing animal averages 2 feet tall at the shoulder, and adult males can weigh up to 40 pounds. They can be found in the vast majority of Illinois' 102 counties, but none have been officially spotted in Chicago city limits.

The cats, which had been eliminated in the state by the mid-1900s, were listed as threatened in the state from 1977-1999. Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young said the cats, which eat rabbits and other small mammals, are a "conservation success story" after they were first protected in 1972.

"The creation of a regulated hunting and trapping season is the next step in the bobcat’s long-term management," Young said.

Young said, as of Monday, 5,349 people had applied for a bobcat permit. The lottery will held after the application period ends Sept. 30, he said. Anyone can apply, he said. The application process costs about $6.

Last year, the Department of Natural Resources estimated the bobcat population across the state to number around 5,000. Those against the hunt, who would simply not hunt a bobcat if they received a permit, said removing up to 10 percent of the bobcats' population in the state is too much.

"In the age of human-induced species loss we live in today I think extra caution should be exercised," said one applicant who requested anonymity so his name wouldn't potentially be removed from the lottery. "Allowing the harvest of up to 500 animals seems dangerously high. ... The [Department of Natural Resources] does many good things in our state, but this seems to be a time when they have jumped the gun, so to speak."

Members of the group that are against the hunt, who number in the dozens, said they also have asked their family members to apply for the permits.

According to the state, bobcats can be hunted from Nov. 10-Jan. 31 with brief closures during the firearm deer season. Trapping season will run from Nov. 5-Jan. 20 in the "northern zone" of Illinois and Nov. 10-Jan. 25 in the state's "southern zone." Hunting and trapping of bobcats, though, will be prohibited in northeastern Illinois, which includes the Chicago area.

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PostPosted: 29 Sep 2016, 19:50 
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Chicago should be a separate state from Illinois...'The [Department of Natural Resources] does many good things in our state,"....wonder what this guys smoking....the DNR has its hands tied since they law makers decided to open the dnr budget to the general fund...now all the law makers can get their hands on it..what a choice the dnr had...get your budget cut or get your budget stolen... :roll: :roll:

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Anyone applying for one of those permits should be required to have a valid hunting or trapping license when applying. If they don't, then forfeit the application fee and not be allowed to apply the next year. As for removing 10 percent of an estimated population, it just ain't going to happen. They would be lucky to get 20 or 25 percent success out of the 500 permits. There is a greater loss by natural means, in any given wild animal population.


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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2016, 12:39 
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[quote="Chieftain"]Chicago should be a separate state from Illinois..."

Chicago IS a separate area. Strongest gun laws and highest murder rate around. Makes a real war zone look down right safe by comparison. Proves that more laws will not work, if they can't enforce the laws they already have. More underlying issues then the availability of firearms.


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