Bobcats

Illinois officials say 343 bobcats were taken by hunters and trappers this winter, 25 more than last year.

The Department of Natural Resources says it issued 1,000 permits to hunters and trappers for the season. The harvest limit on the season was 375 animals.

Illinois senators Thursday passed legislation out of committee to ban trapping bobcats and selling their pelts. The state recently allowed for the hunting of bobcats.

Illinois would allow hunting and trapping of bobcats under legislation headed to the governor. 

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have allowed bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in more than 40 years.