(520 ILCS 10/2)
(from Ch. 8, par. 332)
As used in this Act the following words have the following meanings:
"Board" means the Endangered Species Protection Board created by this
"Conservation" means to use and the use of all methods and procedures
which are necessary to bring any endangered species or threatened species
to the point at which the measures provided pursuant to this Act are no
longer necessary. Such methods and procedures include, but are not limited
to, all activities associated with scientific resources management such as
research, census, law enforcement, habitat acquisition and maintenance,
propagation and transplantation.
"Department" means the Department of Natural Resources
and "Director" means the Director of that Department.
"Endangered Species" means any species of plant or animal classified as
endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, P.L. 93-205, and
amendments thereto, plus such other species which the Board may list as in
danger of extinction in the wild in Illinois due to one or more causes
including but not limited to,
the destruction, diminution or disturbance of habitat, overexploitation,
predation, pollution, disease, or other natural or manmade factors
affecting its prospects of survival.
"Threatened Species" means any species of plant or animal
classified as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973,
P.L. 93-205, and amendments thereto, plus such other species which the
Board may list as likely to become
endangered in the wild in Illinois within the foreseeable future.
"Animal" means those organisms commonly included in the science of
zoology and generally distinguished from plants by possession of a
nervous system and the ability to move from place to place, including all
invertebrates such as sponges and mollusks as well as vertebrates such as
fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
"Animal Product" means the fur, hide, skin, teeth, feathers,
tusks, claws, eggs, nests or the body or any portion thereof whether in a
green or raw state or as a product manufactured or refined from an
animal protected under this Act or under rules issued
pursuant to this Act.
"Plant" means any organism not considered to be an animal, and shall
include such organisms as algae, fungi,
bryophytes, and ferns, as well as flowering plants and conifers.
"Plant Product" means any plant body or part thereof removed from
natural habitat, including seeds, fruits, roots, stems, flowers, leaves, or
products made from any of these, including extracts or powders.
"Essential Habitat" means the specific ecological conditions required by
an endangered or threatened species for its survival and propagation, or
physical examples of these conditions.
"Take" means, in reference to animals and animal products, to harm, hunt,
shoot, pursue, lure, wound, kill, destroy, harass, gig, spear, ensnare, trap,
capture, collect, or to attempt to engage in such conduct. "Take" means, in
reference to plants and plant products, to collect, pick, cut, dig up,
kill, destroy, bury, crush, or harm in any manner.
"Illinois List" means a list of species of animals and plants listed
by the Board as endangered or threatened.
"Person" means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, trust,
association, private entity, government agency, or their agents,
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)