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Illinois House Passes Bill Legalizing Bobcat Hunt

H.B. 352 legalized a bobcat hunting and trapping season

Only after getting a bizarre re-vote on the issue, the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation to open a sport hunting and commercial and recreational trapping season for bobcats for the first time in over 40 years. The House previously voted to reject H.B. 352, providing only 55 of the 60 votes needed to pass the legislation. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that a number of Illinois House members, who earlier in the day voted ‘no’ to bobcat trapping, flip-flopped just hours later after hearing a torrent of false, exaggerated claims from bill proponents. Bobcats are shy, small, non-threatening animals, helpful to farmers by killing mice and rats as their primary foods in their diets. The HSUS strongly urges Gov. Rauner to veto this misguided legislation. About as big as a good-sized housecat, bobcats are inedible, and they are no threat to people or livestock. The ignorant, exaggerated claims we heard on the floor are an embarrassment to any deliberative process or sound science.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 240-778-5545, namini@humanesociety.org