Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Bobcat hunting.
Any self-aware bobcats who relocated to Indiana after Illinois established a bobcat hunting season two years ago soon might find it in their best interest to move again.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has proposed creating a short-term bobcat hunting season that would allow licensed Hoosiers to hunt or trap one bobcat a year until a to-be-determined statewide quota is reached.
According to the DNR, bobcats primarily live in southern Indiana and are not a nuisance or causing damage. Rather, the hunting season is intended to manage the bobcat population and permit the harvesting of their fur.
Illinois hunters and trappers claimed 318 bobcats during the 2017-18 season that ended Feb. 15. They also salvaged 40 road kill bobcats, according to state records.
That’s up from the 141 bobcats that hunters and trappers took in 2016-17, the first year Illinois offered a bobcat season since the crepuscular carnivores were removed in 1999 from the state’s threatened species list.
This article originally ran on nwitimes.com.