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Demand for Illinois Bobcat Hunting Permit Exceeds Supply

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the number of people applying for the state’s first legal bobcat hunt was 13 times more than the number of available permits.  

Nearly 6,500 hunters applied for 500 permits.  

Gov.Bruce Rauner signed a law last year permitting bobcat hunting after the department determined the current population of about 5,000 bobcats is stable.  The animal was removed from the state’s threatened species list in 1999.  

Each of the 500 permit holders will be allowed to take one bobcat, either by hunting, trapping or salvaging roadkill.

The season runs November 10 to January 31.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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