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Illinois Gov. Rauner Signs Bill Legalizing Bobcat Hunt

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

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation to open a hunting and trapping season for bobcats for the first time in decades. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed that Governor Rauner chose to ignore the vast majority of his constituents who were strongly opposed to this unnecessary and misguided legislation. A statewide poll showed that 75 percent of voters wanted the Governor to veto H.B. 352, and his office received thousands of calls urging a veto. To get the bill passed through the legislature, lawmakers relied on absurd and outlandish exaggerations about bobcats – who are shy and elusive creatures that only weigh slightly more than an average house cat – and it’s unfortunate that the Governor apparently fell for this fear-mongering.”


Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 301-548-7793, namini@humanesociety.org


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