Kent Greene said we could share this letter he sent to the Illinois Governor. Please feel free to use in your efforts to ban bobcat hunting.
Please veto SB 106 / HB 352 a bill to allow over hunting of Illinois bobcats.
I photograph wildlife, including bobcats. Below video was shot in a SW Florida swamp while sitting on a bicycle. On another occasion, I talked quietly to a Bobcat and it fell asleep while I was filming.
I hunted in deep forests (PA/VA) 50 years and saw one bobcat. Killing these animals outdoors is no more difficult than shooting them in a petting zoo. Decide for yourself whether this is a sport.
Hunters keep trying to over rule what the vast majority of you want. Hunters want to kill bobcats. Most people want them to live in peace in the forest.
After you asked Gov. Quinn to veto the hunt, he looked at the data himself and saw that the State’s bobcat populations must continue to be protected for everyone’s interest. Despite his efforts to protect nature, in January 2015, bobcat hunting and trapping bills were introduced again.
Bobcat photo by Stan Mysliwiec
Bobcats are elusive and their populations are difficult to monitor with good research methods, making them particularly susceptible to over exploitation. If DNR has only unreliable population monitoring data, and wildlife professionals have not had a chance to develop a plan to manage for healthy populations, the State should not condone hunting.
Bobcats are killed for their pelts, which bring $90 a piece in the international market to China and other overseas countries. CITES reports that more than 57,000 bobcats die and exported this way each year. This is a cruel way to kill off our natural treasures to fill an un necessary demand for fur trimmed garments abroad.
The consensus among some wildlife biologists is that the Illinois bobcat population (estimated at a mere 3,000 animals concentrated in the southern 17 counties) can only withstand a hunt of 100-200. Some argue, this will even be too much to allow for growth and dispersion into other suitable habitat in the State.
Don’t let blood thirsty killers dictate prudent recovery of this ecologically important and beautiful species. Tell your lawmakers to oppose the bobcat hunting bills HB 352 and SB 106.
Today is Jacquie Norris’ birthday…but she doesn’t know it. She is my maternal grandmother, although until the end she would insist that she was my mother because she didn’t want people to think she was old enough to BE a grandmother. She was beautiful and smart but after losing my grandfather in 1997, she was never the same. Depression took her body and mind over the past 15 years and for the last couple of years she has barely known who any of us are. My mother has been her primary caregiver, while running our real estate business, keeping the books at Big Cat Rescue and caring for my father through his triple bypass surgery, pacemaker and repeated scares since then. It would be easy for all of us to fall into despair at the ravages of old age and all that we have to do to stave off the final deep sleep, but then there were KITTENS!
Jack Talman, founder of FosteringIsCool.com mentioned that one of the saddest things he sees is that people dump newborn kittens off at Animal Services to be euthanized. Without their mothers the kittens have no chance of survival or adoption. Even when the mothers are dumped too, they all stand very little chance of walking out alive because cat diseases are often airborne and spread so quickly that the cats become too sick to adopt out before the clock runs out and they are euthanized.
We have volunteers and interns who are happy to be surrogate mothers until the adoption agencies and groups can find suitable homes for them. Today the first two kittens were brought and named Jack and Jewel after Jack Talman and his wife. At 8 weeks they will go to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for adoption into a loving family. We love saving these precious kittens, and it helps us deal with the harder aspects of the circle of life. – Carole
Ask Nikon to Discontinue their Riflescope
Hope u are all well and still championing the cause for animal welfare.
The url below is self explanatory. As wildlife continues to be decimated from all walks of life the last thing we need is what Nikon is now up to, or has been for sometime it seems. Nikon produce a riflescope specifically designed for killing ‘large game’ and I would be grateful if you would please sign the petition on the website to encourage Nikon not to continue doing so. It is a disgrace that a company which encourages people to photograph beautiful wildlife keeps hidden the fact that they also encourage hunters to destroy that beauty.
I would ask you all to please get this message out as far and as wide as you can, through whatever means you can, such as your social networks.
Lets let Nikon know that their cameras will no longer be an item that people, who love photography over killing, will want to purchase in the future.
Thanks as always.
Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO
Kalahari Dream www.kalahari-dream.com
For the love of Wildlife www.fortheloveofwildlife.com
Recent Reviews of Big Cat Rescue
Lexington, South Carolina
1 helpful vote
“Highlight of our trip!!!”
Reviewed April 1, 2013 NEW
We swam with the manatees, walked on a Top 10 beach(Clearwater), and went offshore fishing in Tampa, but the highlight of our trip was the private tour at Big Cat Rescue. The dedicated people at this cat reserve pass on their knowledge to you while you get to view the cats up close in a serene environment. Many of them were rescued from small, inadequate cages or basements that never saw the outdoors. They run and play in a more natural environment and have balanced diets and great care. They don’t treat them as pets and encourage us not to see them as such. Just magnificent creatures to behold.
Visited April 2013
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes
“It’s a magical story of stories”
Reviewed March 30, 2013 NEW
As you get this expert tour through the well-protected habitats, beyond looking at animals, the thing that got me was the stories. There is the story about the owners and how they came to start this place, growing from ignorance, gaining vision, and developing passion. Each resident (cat) has it’s story of how it came to be there. The stories of the tragedies from their previous homes, along with miserable stories of breeding, cross-breeding, and in-breeding. Then there is the stories of the interns who live on site, some 100 of them, who barely get anything to follow their dream of working with these animals. My heart was touched along with having enjoyed a tour of a fabulous place.
Call ahead for tour times. It is worth the $29 and I am considering taking the keeper’s tour next for $160. The 90 minutes of the regular tour flies by. You’ll be glad you did it.
This is a great thing to do for local residents who have not seen something that is right under our own noses.
Visited March 2013
Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2013 NEW
The tigers are huge!! This is not like going to a zoo, you’re actually very close to them. Loved the cat that said “wow” lol. Our tour guide was well informed and funny. Such a great “retirement” home for these cats. Great place, would love to visit again and take one of the other tours offered.
Visited March 2013
Salem, Massachusetts, United States
1 helpful vote
“Big Cat Rescue”
Reviewed March 26, 2013
Big Cat Rescue not only has a variety of big cats, but visitors also learn about the different species, the habitats and you get to see the cats up close. There is even a white tiger that we were able to see up close. If you are a cat fan you should definitely go. The tour guides are knowledgeable and the animals are beautiful. It is a great place to stay cool on a warm day.
Visited March 2013
Rochester, New York
Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes
“Great family outing!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013
Matt our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My son lives in Tampa and suggested the tour to my daughter and me since we were both visiting from out of town. We got so many amazing photos but wished we had known about the feeding tour- there is always next time. I was nice to see how well taken care of all the cats are. As for another post saying it was a little pricey – we got a discount showing our AAA card and we are helping the cats. Thanks for a great afternoon.
Cougar Puma or Mountain Lion Attacks Are Likely Discarded Pets
BISMARCK, N.D. | North Dakota’s mountain lion hunting season in a zone in the far southwestern part of the state has closed after the taking of a seventh cat.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials say the lion was taken Thursday, filling the late-season quota. The mountain lion season in Zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside Zone 1, has no quota and is open through March 31.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where the road lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from Highway 8.
It then crosses Lake Sakakawea then south along Highway 8 to Highway 200, then west on Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
Lions and the way they die part of GF&P statistics
Lions die in many ways in South Dakota.
They get hit by cars and trucks and even motorcycles. They get caught in traps. They drown. They kill each other.
They get sick. They starve. Occasionally, they die while GF&P teams are chasing or handling them in research work.
And, sometimes driven by hunger, they wander into town or kill pets or domestic livestock, to then be killed by local police, Game, Fish & Parks officers and, sometimes, members of the public.
But the runaway leader in lion deaths is sport hunting, which accounts for 249 of the 611 lion deaths confirmed in South Dakota — almost all of them in the Black Hills region — from 1996 through last week.
It’s a factor certain to grow as the lion season expands.
The state GF&P Commission in 2005 first set a sport hunting season on lions — a species that was once essentially eliminated from the state, largely through unregulated shooting. Hunters killed 13 cougars during the 2005 season, with another being taken outside the regular season.
From there, the commission has, bit by bit, increased the allowed kill for the season, up to a high earlier this year of 73 in the regular season. Three more lions were killed by landowners with lion permits outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
The GF&P Commission has proposed a 2013 lion season to run from Dec. 26, 2012, through March 31, 2013. But it would end sooner if a quota of 100 lions overall or 70 female lions were reached.
The commission will take final action on the proposal during meeting at the AmericInn in Deadwood on Oct. 4 and 5.