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Bobcat Hunting Will Be Legal in Illinois in 2016

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Bobcat hunting will be legal for first time in 40 years in 2016. 

Illinois hunters will have some new hunting opportunities next fall.

Hunters will be allowed to take one bobcat per season starting in November 2016, according to Tristate Homepage. The new law takes effect Jan. 1.

The news comes months after Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill to establish the season back in July. The hunting of bobcats immediately came under fire from the Humane Society and others opposed to the idea of a season for the large cats.

Rauner’s approval of the season came after previous attempts were stopped by former Governor Pat Quinn.

Bobcats have been off Illinois’ threatened species list for 16 years now, but the season will be the first hunting season for bobcats since 1972. Tristate Homepage reports the Illinois Department of Natural resources believes there to be 5,000 bobcats in Illinois.

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Bobcat Hunting Will Be Legal in Illinois in 2016