CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Over half of the registered voters in Southern Illinois are giving the thumbs up to a new law allowing bobcat hunting and trapping in the state.
According to a recent poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, almost 54 percent say they either strongly favored or somewhat favored the new law.
"There is majority support in southern Illinois where hunting is a vibrant part of recreation and culture more so than some other parts of the state," said Delio Calzolari, associate director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. "Some opposition may be related to the 40-year ban or sensitivity that bobcats were once a threatened species in Illinois. Even among voters who identify themselves as Democrats or liberals, voters support the new law in greater number than they oppose it."
Public Act 99-0033 goes into effect on January 1, 2016.
The law limits hunters to one bobcat per permit per season and stipulates that the hunting and trapping be non-detrimental to bobcats continuing to exist in the wild.