Bill Text: IL SB1981 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in this State at any time. Provides that no person shall knowingly sell, offer for sale, or purchase a bobcat pelt of a bobcat taken in this State. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-08-04 - Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments [SB1981 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB1981-Introduced.html


100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
SB1981

Introduced 2/10/2017, by Sen. Don Harmon

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
520 ILCS 5/2.30 from Ch. 61, par. 2.30
520 ILCS 5/2.30b
520 ILCS 5/2.30c

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in this State at any time. Provides that no person shall knowingly sell, offer for sale, or purchase a bobcat pelt of a bobcat taken in this State. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.
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A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning wildlife.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing
5Sections 2.30, 2.30b, and 2.30c as follows:
6 (520 ILCS 5/2.30) (from Ch. 61, par. 2.30)
7 Sec. 2.30. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, it
8It shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt with
9gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, gray fox, red fox,
10raccoon, weasel, mink, muskrat, badger, bobcat, and opossum
11except during the open season which will be set annually by the
12Director between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight,
13February 15, both inclusive.
14 It shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in this
15State at any time.
16 It is unlawful to pursue any fur-bearing mammal with a dog
17or dogs between the hours of sunset and sunrise during the 10
18day period preceding the opening date of the raccoon hunting
19season and the 10 day period following the closing date of the
20raccoon hunting season except that the Department may issue
21field trial permits in accordance with Section 2.34 of this
22Act. A non-resident from a state with more restrictive
23fur-bearer pursuit regulations for any particular species than

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1provided for that species in this Act may not pursue that
2species in Illinois except during the period of time that
3Illinois residents are allowed to pursue that species in the
4non-resident's state of residence. Hound running areas
5approved by the Department shall be exempt from the provisions
6of this Section.
7 It shall be unlawful to take beaver, river otter, weasel,
8mink, or muskrat except during the open season set annually by
9the Director, and then, only with traps, except that a firearm,
10pistol, or airgun of a caliber not larger than a .22 long rifle
11may be used to remove the animal from the trap.
12 It shall be unlawful for any person to trap beaver or river
13otter with traps except during the open season which will be
14set annually by the Director between 12:01 a.m., November 1st
15and 12:00 midnight, March 31, both inclusive.
16 Coyote may be taken by trapping methods only during the
17period from September 1 to March 1, both inclusive, and by
18hunting methods at any time.
19 Striped skunk may be taken by trapping methods only during
20the period from September 1 to March 1, both inclusive, and by
21hunting methods at any time.
22 Muskrat may be taken by trapping methods during an open
23season set annually by the Director.
24 For the purpose of taking fur-bearing mammals, the State
25may be divided into management zones by administrative rule.
26 It shall be unlawful to take or possess more than the

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1season limit or possession limit of fur-bearing mammals that
2shall be set annually by the Director. The season limit for
3river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per
4season. The season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat
5per permit. Possession limits shall not apply to fur buyers,
6tanners, manufacturers, and taxidermists, as defined by this
7Act, who possess fur-bearing mammals in accordance with laws
8governing such activities.
9 Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the taking or
10possessing of fur-bearing mammals found dead or
11unintentionally killed by a vehicle along a roadway during the
12open season provided the person who possesses such fur-bearing
13mammals has all appropriate licenses, stamps, or permits; the
14season for which the species possessed is open; and that such
15possession and disposal of such fur-bearing mammals is
16otherwise subject to the provisions of this Section.
17 The provisions of this Section are subject to modification
18by administrative rule.
19(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-924, eff. 8-15-14;
2099-33, eff. 1-1-16.)
21 (520 ILCS 5/2.30b)
22 Sec. 2.30b. River otter and bobcat pelts.
23 (a) The pelts of river otters and bobcats shall be tagged
24in accordance with federal regulation 50 CFR 23.69(e). The
25Department may require harvest registration and set forth

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1procedures, fees for registration, and the process of tagging
2pelts in administrative rules. Fees for registration and
3tagging shall not exceed $5 per pelt.
4 (b) No person shall knowingly sell, offer for sale, or
5purchase a bobcat pelt of a bobcat taken in this State.
6(Source: P.A. 99-33, eff. 1-1-16.)
7 (520 ILCS 5/2.30c)
8 Sec. 2.30c. Bobcat hunting and trapping permit; fee. Before
9any person may lawfully hunt or trap a bobcat, he or she shall
10first obtain a "Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit" in
11accordance with regulations set forth in an administrative rule
12of the Department. The fee for a Bobcat Hunting and Trapping
13Permit, if any, shall not exceed $5. The Department may limit
14the number of Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permits that are made
15available each season and take other actions to regulate
16harvest in accordance with Sections 1.3 and 2.30 of this Act.
17The harvest of bobcats in this State shall be non-detrimental,
18as defined by federal regulations (50 CFR 23.61), and as
19determined by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in
20accordance with 50 CFR 23.69.
21(Source: P.A. 99-33, eff. 1-1-16.)
22 Section 97. Severability. The provisions of this Act are
23severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
24 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon

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1becoming law.
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