A state Department of Natural Resources’ Facebook post that you can apply for an Illinois bobcat hunting and trapping permit online through Sept. 30 prompted dozens of comments for and against the practice Sunday.
In the state’s first bobcat hunting season last year, 141 bobcats were taken, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
The DNR estimates there are 5,000 bobcats in the state. Last month, a Shiloh resident took a photo of a bobcat in her backyard.
For this year’s season, applicants must submit a $5 non-refundable fee. A total of 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery and mailed to successful applicants, according to the DNR.
To apply for the permit, go to https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
The bobcat season dates runs from Nov. 10 through Feb. 15. Bobcat hunting is closed during firearm deer season in counties open to firearm deer hunting, the DNR said.
Over 6,400 people applied for bobcat permits last year when 500 slots were available.
The Tribune reported that opponents of bobcat hunting had applied for permits last year but did not intend to use them if they received a permit. However, the newspaper reported that most of the applicants were previous users of the state DNR licenses.