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McCann Files New Legislation Seeking to Restart Bobcat Season

State Sen. Sam McCann has filed new legislation to create a bobcat hunting season in Illinois, after McCann says former Governor Pat Quinn backed out of a pledge to sign the original legislation and vetoed it during his last days in office. Currently, Illinois is one of only eight states with no bobcat hunting season. The bobcat species was declared "threatened" back in the 1970's and bobcat hunting was stopped In 1972 because of their dwindling population. Now, Illinois Natural Resources officials say the state’s bobcat population is growing 4-9% per year. The proposed bobcat season would run between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15. The bill also sets a limit of one bobcat per permit.

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