SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – New numbers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources show that the number of people applying for the state’s first legal bobcat hunt was 13 times more than the number of available permits.
Nearly 6,500 hunters applied for 500 permits.
The recipients will be chosen through a lottery in about two weeks and notified by mail. Permits can’t be transferred to other people once they’re awarded.
Each of the 500 permit holders will be allowed to take one bobcat, either by hunting, trapping or salvaging road kill, during the season, which runs from November 1st to January 31st.