Don’t Allow Hunters to Kill Formerly Endangered Bobcats

Bobcat in winter

Target: Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois

Goal: Don’t allow hunters to shoot one bobcat each year after they’ve recovered from near extinction.

Hunters are allowed to kill one bobcat per hunting season because of a bill signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner over the summer. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Bobcat hunting has not been legal in Illinois in over 40 years.

Unregulated hunting and habitat change led to bobcats being placed on Illinois’ list of threatened species in 1977. Bobcat populations responded well to habitat restoration and protection and they were removed from the threatened list in 1999. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which will oversee the hunting, there are currently an estimated 5,000 bobcats in Illinois. The IDNR plans on issuing 500 permits for the first year.

The Humane Society contends that bobcats are a critical part of the Illinois ecosystem and help farmers by eating squirrels, rabbits, voles, mice, and rats. They binge when food is plentiful and often go without food for days at a time. Bobcats are curious creatures and, like the domestic house cat, purr when content. Bobcats are inedible and are not a threat to humans nor livestock.

Former Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill before leaving office last January. Governor Rauner has spoken publicly of his love for hunting, fishing, and sport shooting. When lawmakers considered the vote in the spring session, there was a heated debate on the House floor. There was no impact study conducted and reducing their numbers can only be detrimental to the larger ecosystem.

By signing this petition below, you will urge Governor Rauner to repeal the law and ban bobcat hunting in Illinois.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Rauner,

The senseless slaughtering of bobcats by hunters in Illinois must not be allowed to proceed. As the outrage over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe shows, most Americans do not approve of trophy hunting in any form. As bobcats are inedible, there can be no reason to kill them other than for their pelts or as trophies.

Bobcats are solitary creatures and not a threat to humans or livestock. Killing these beautiful creatures can only be detrimental to the larger ecosystem and lead to them once again becoming a threatened species.

I urge you to repeal the recent law allowing the hunting of bobcats. Killing these wild cats could lead to drastic reductions in reproductive rates as well as swell the number of pests that farmers must contend with every day. Please take action to stop the slaughter before it begins.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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9 Comments

  1. michael guest says:

    This can’t happen. Just the wolves, we can’t allow the hunting on bobcats. That’s unacceptable and unfair. They are predators, and play vital roles in the ecosystems. This needs to be reversed and reconsidered. Repeal the law before this happens again. Save the bobcats!

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    I live in Illinois. Most people here are humane and educated. Rauner is a hunter and a nursing home slum lord/owner. He ran for office for jollies. He doesn’t represent anyone but himself.

  3. Jean-Louis Rubens says:

    STOP THIS COWERS , THIS HUNTERS , THIS KILLERS !!
    COWERS , GO TO AFGHANISTAN !!! BUT THEY SHOOT BACK !!!
    I PRAY THAT THEY ROT AND BURN IN HELL !!!

  4. Heather Brophy says:

    Ruiner, YOU IGNORANT OVERPAID MORON,YOU’RE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE U.S.. STOP THE SLAUGHTER NOW!

  5. Robert Pound says:

    Bobcats play a critical role in healthy ecosystems, helping control RATS and other vermin! They are NATIVE wildlife and have a RIGHT to exist without yahoo hunters killing them for nothing but thrill killing or for their beautiful fur to sell overseas to the asian fur market! There is no good reason to allow this except a few extra buck into state coffers but the loss of natures wonderful wildcats are a SHAME! PEOPLE WANT THEIR WILDLIFE UNMOLESTED BY CRUEL KILLERS!

  6. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  7. barbara Ricciuto says:

    Signed.

  8. Let the bobcats live! —- Let’s ban hunters —- why would any decent society allow killing after killing after slaughter after murder after massacre and think it’s ok — it isn’t — animals have every RIGHT to live — hunters are murdering them off the face of the earth —- BAN HUNTERS!

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