Illinois Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines
Department of Natural Resources
524 South Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
Short Summary: Lions, tigers, leopards, ocelots, jaguars, cheetahs, margays, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, and jaguarundis are considered by the state as "Dangerous Animals" and are limited to USDA licensed exhibitions, zoos, circus, college or university, scientific institution, research, veterinary hospital, or to animal refuges by the Director of Natural Resources.
Even though servals are not included in the Dangerous Animals Act, servals and their hybrids other than those recognized by CFA or TICA are included in the list of dangerous animals that cannot be sold.
Illinois does issue fur farm licenses, but they are not issued for bobcat as their possession is prohibited. Bona fide public or state scientific, educational or zoological institutions are exempt.
Importation of any wild feline into the state requires approval from Director. An intent to import wildlife must be filed with state Director not less than 30 days prior to importation, and must include veterinary proof animal is free of disease, and director must be satisfied that in no way does the animal pose a threat to wildlife or potential to become a nuisance to people of the state. Zoos and public displays of wildlife are exempt from permit requirement.