Illinois hunters are gearing up to harvest bobcats, for the first time since the '70s.
Interest in participating is outpacing the permit supply.
Bobcats were once considered a threatened species in Illinois.
"I used to never see a bobcat, now it's uncommon to go to the woods and not see bobcats. And not one or two, but three or four of five or six of 'em," Sen. John Sullivan, a Democrat from Rushville, explained when legislators debated the measure that ultimately became the state law lifting the bobcat hunting ban.