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Illinois Senate OKs Bobcat Hunting

A spokeswoman declined to say whether Gov. Bruce Rauner has a position on the measure

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    A measure that would allow hunting bobcats in Illinois has won Senate approval.

    The legislation -- HB0352 -- sponsored by Carlinville Republican Sen. Sam McCann, would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue as many as 200 permits a year to keep the animal's population in check.

    It was approved 32-17.

    The House approved the measure in April but language was changed slightly in the Senate so it must return to the House.

    The season would run from Nov. 1 to Feb. 15. Aurora Democratic Sen. Linda Holmes said conservationists still have concerns even though the animal has been removed from the endangered species list.

    A spokeswoman declined to say whether Gov. Bruce Rauner has a position on the measure. 


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