Illinois’ population is growing


Following on from a story earlier this week involving a Illinois mountain lion hit and killed by vehicle Last Sunday in Dekalb County, we received reassuring news that the Illinois bobcat population is constantly adding new members.

Bobcats and their expanding populations have been a pretty hot topic since last year’s incident in a North Carolina family’s driveway when an enraged bobcat attacked a couple as they attempted to get in their car to go to work.

The question “are there bobcats near me” has been asked a lot on Google since that time, and several times the answer has been yes.

If you don’t remember the incident I’m talking about, watch this:

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“I would like to apologize for the behavior of my colleague bobcat.” (Getty Images)

Even though Bobcat numbers in Illinois are on the rise, experts say the chances of you slamming an enraged Bobcat into your driveway are slim

Just to be on the safe side, you might want to remember this guy’s body slam technique…just in case.

The Bobcat Foundation of Illinois says that the bobcat, which is Illinois’ only native wildcat, was once listed as an endangered species. It was first protected in 1972, but the designation was removed in 1999. After being removed from the protected list, bobcat hunting and trapping legislation allowed the start of the first season in addition 40 years old in 2016.

Mom, I’m trying to attack someone! Stop holding me back! (Getty Images)

Mom, I’m trying to attack someone! Stop holding me back! (Getty Images)

So, as you can imagine, the bobcat population here in Illinois is on the rise. We have 102 counties here in Illinois, and the Illinois Bobcat Foundation estimates that there are over 5,000 bobcats roaming 99 of those counties.

Over the past 3 years there have been several sightings in suburban Chicago and southern Wisconsin so I have to understand that at least one of us in the Rockford area is going to have a “is it a bobcat?” time at some time in the near future.

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