Bobcats are intelligent, beautiful animals that pose no threat to public safety, feed mostly on rabbits and rats, and in recent years have just begun to recover in Illinois following years of cruel hunting and a brush with extinction.
Despite this Illinois lawmakers are dead set on reopening hunting and trapping seasons this fall, which have been banned in the state since 1972. Of course, people don't eat bobcats -- so they'd be killed solely for trophies or their fur.
The only way to protect bobcats at this point is to convince Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto H.B. 352, recent legislation opening the bobcat hunting and trapping seasons. Unless he hears that the public is outraged, he's likely to sign this bill into law.
June 26, 2015 Action Alert ID# 240
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