PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Two people are facing charges after a bobcat was killed in Perry County, Illinois.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on January 11, a Pinckneyville police officer pulled a vehicle over. A sergeant with the Perry County Sheriff's Department, who was assisting, saw a dead bobcat laying in the bed of the truck.
The two men allegedly told officers that he heard there is now an open season for bobcats.
During a search of the truck, officers say they found a Ruger 10/22 rifle behind the front seats.
Knowing that the season dates and rules had not yet been established, the sergeant contacted the Department of Natural Resources to take over the investigation.
The juvenile bobcat and the rifle were seized as evidence.
After further investigation, a DNR conservation police officer found that on the afternoon of Jan. 11, the men went rabbit hunting at Pyramid State Park.
According to the DNR officer, the truck passenger was "relieving himself" behind some bushes, he saw a bobcat. The driver of the truck allegedly shot the bobcat while still sitting in the truck, which was parked in the road.
The two men were charged with one count of possession of a firearm without a valid firearms owners' identification card, two counts of possession of a freshly killed species during the closed season, two counts of unlawful use of lights to take protected mammal from a motor vehicle, two counts of shooting from the roadway, two counts of taking of a protected species on department lands and two counts of unlawful use of a conveyance to take a protected species.
Both men were taken to the Perry County Jail for processing.