Public Act 098-1033
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    AN ACT concerning wildlife.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing Section
2.2 and adding Section 2.2b as follows:
    (520 ILCS 5/2.2)  (from Ch. 61, par. 2.2)
    Sec. 2.2. This Act shall apply only to the wild birds and
parts of wild birds (including, but not limited to, their nests
and eggs), and wild mammals and parts of wild mammals, which
shall include their green hides, in the State of Illinois, or
which may be brought into the State.
    Wildlife protected by this Act, hereby defined as protected
species, include the following wild species and all wild
species contained in listed families, including, but not
limited to, groups of wild species preceding each family name:
(except the House Sparrow, Passer domesticus; European
Starling, Sturnus vulgaris; and Rock Pigeon, Domestic Pigeon,
Columba livia; Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyio; or Muscovy
Duck, Cairina moschata). GAME BIRDS-Ruffed grouse, Bonasa
umbellus; Sharp-tailed grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus;
Northern Bobwhite, Colinus virginianus; Gray Partridge, Perdix
perdix; Chukar, Alectoris chukar; Ring-necked Pheasant,
Phasianus colchicus; Greater Prairie Chicken, Tympanuchus
cupido; Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo. MIGRATORY GAME
BIRDS-Waterfowl including brant, ducks, geese, and swans,
Anatidae; wild species of the families Rallidae, Scolopacidae,
Columbidae, and Corvidae that may be legally hunted as provided
for in Section 2.18 of this Act. RESIDENT AND MIGRATORY
NON-GAME BIRDS-Loons, Gaviidae; grebes, Podicipedidae;
pelicans, Pelecanidae; gannets, Sulidae; cormorants,
Phalacrocoracidae; anhingas, Anhingidae; frigatebirds,
Fregatidae; herons, bitterns and egrets, Ardeidae; ibises and
spoonbills, Threskiornithidae; storks, Ciconiidae; vultures,
Cathartidae; kites, hawks, ospreys, and eagles, Accipitridae;
falcons, merlins, and kestrels, Falconidae; rails, gallinules,
and moorhens, which may not be legally hunted, Rallidae;
cranes, Gruidae; all shorebirds that may not be legally hunted,
of the families Charadriidae, Scolopacidae, and
Recurvirostridae gulls, terns, jaegers, skimmers, and
kittiwakes, Laridae; dovekies and murrelets, Alcidae; doves
and pigeons, which may not be legally hunted, Columbidae;
cuckoos and anis, Cuculidae; owls, Tytonidae and Strigidae;
whip-poor-wills, chuck-will's-widows, and nighthawks,
Caprimulgidae; swifts, Apodidae; hummingbirds, Trochilidae,
Kingfishers, Alcedinidae; woodpeckers, flickers, and
sapsuckers, Picidae; kingbirds, pewees, phoebes, and
flycatchers, Tyrannidae shrikes, Laniidae; vireos, Vireonidae;
magpies, ravens, and jays, Corvidae; larks, Alaudidae;
swallows and martins, Hirundinidae; chickadees and titmice,
Paridae; nuthatches, Sittidae; creepers, Certhiidae; wrens,
Troglodytidae; kinglets, Regulidae; gnatcatchers, Sylviidae;
robins, bluebirds, solitaires, veerys, and thrushes, Turdidae;
mockingbirds, catbirds, and thrashers, Mimidae; pipits,
Motacillidae; waxwings, Bombycillidae; warblers, parulas,
redstarts, ovenbirds, waterthrushes, yellowthroats, and chats,
Parulidae; tanagers, Thraupidae; towhees, longspurs, sparrows,
buntings, and juncos, Emberizidae; dickcissels, cardinals,
buntings, and grosbeaks, Cardinalidae; blackbirds,
meadowlarks, bobolinks, grackles, cowbirds, and orioles,
Icteridae; grosbeaks, finches, crossbills, redpolls, and
siskins, Fringillidae. GAME MAMMALS-Woodchuck, Marmota monax;
Gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis; Fox squirrel, Sciurus
niger; Eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus; Swamp
rabbit, Sylvilagus aquaticus; White-tailed deer, Odocoileus
virginianus. FUR-BEARING MAMMALS-Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus;
Beaver, Castor canadensis; Raccoon, Procyon lotor; Opossum,
Didelphis virginiana; Least weasel, Mustela nivalis;
Long-tailed weasel, Mustela frenata; Mink, Mustela vison;
River otter, Lontra canadensis; Striped skunk, Mephitis
mephitis; Badger, Taxidea taxus; Red fox, Vulpes vulpes; Gray
fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus; Coyote, Canis latrans; Bobcat,
Lynx rufus. OTHER MAMMALS-Flying squirrel, Glaucomys volans;
Red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus; Eastern Woodrat,
Neotoma floridana; Golden Mouse, Ochrotomys nuttalli; Rice
Rat, Oryzomys palustris; Franklin's Ground Squirrel,
Spermophilus franklinii; Bats, Vespertilionidae; Gray wolf,
Canis lupus; American black bear, Ursus americanus; Cougar,
Puma concolor.
    It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to take,
possess, sell, or offer for sale, propagate, or release into
the wild, any of these wild birds (dead or alive) and parts of
wild birds (including, but not limited to, their nests and
eggs), wild mammals (dead or alive) and parts of wild mammals,
including their green hides contrary to the provisions of this
Act. However, nothing in this Act shall prohibit bona-fide
public or state scientific, educational or zoological
institutions from receiving, holding, and displaying protected
species that were salvaged or legally obtained.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to take any other
living wildlife animal not covered by this Act without the
permission of the landowner or tenant.
(Source: P.A. 97-431, eff. 8-16-11.)
    (520 ILCS 5/2.2b new)
    Sec. 2.2b. Imminent threat; nuisance permits.
    (a) It shall not be illegal for an owner or tenant of land,
or their designated agent, to immediately take on his or her
property a gray wolf, Canis lupus; American black bear, Ursus
americanus; or cougar, Puma concolor if, at any time, the gray
wolf, American black bear, or cougar is stalking, causing an
imminent threat, or there is a reasonable expectation that it
causes an imminent threat of physical harm or death to a human,
livestock, domestic animals or harm to structures or other
property on the owner's or tenant's land.
    (b) The Department may grant a nuisance permit to the owner
or tenant of land, or their designated agent, for the taking of
a gray wolf, American black bear, or cougar that is causing a
threat to an owner or tenant of land or his or her property
that is not an immediate threat under subsection (a) of this
    (c) The Department shall adopt rules to implement this

Effective Date: 1/1/2015