Rep. Rosenthal Pushes Back Against House Bill 2900

Springfield, IL…This week,  the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 2900 which prohibits hunting competitions of fur-bearing animals such as coyotes and raccoons. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) says the bill will have a negative impact on controlling the population of animals considered to be a threat to communities.

“Hunting competitions help control the overpopulation of coyotes and racoons, but HB2900 labels these competitions as inhumane,” said Rep. Rosenthal. “Hunting coyotes is legal year-round in Illinois, yet holding competitions that raise funds for local charities is frowned upon by those who live in the suburbs who are not adversely affected by coyotes.”  

Hunting competitions follow the rules and regulations set by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who is not a proponent of HB2900. Wildlife Management is important to Illinois and the DNR has 13 different species they manage to control, including coyotes.

This legislation will also have a direct impact on the Annual Squirrel Bowl, in Carlinville, which raises $200,000 for local charities such as Project Third Day, HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes, Special Operations Wounded Warrior, and Honored American Veterans Afield.

Rep. Rosenthal continued, “I get calls every year from my constituents telling me they lost their livestock to coyotes, and they want something done and they’re concerns are valid.”

HB2900 passed through the House with a roll call of 62-45 and will now head to the Senate chamber to be voted on.

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For more information, contact Rep. Rosenthal’s office at 217-782-8071

Representative Wayne Rosenthal serves the constituents of Illinois’ 108th District which includes Menard County and portions of Christian, Macoupin, Montgomery, and Sangamon Counties.