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Are (woodchucks) groundhogs a protected species? I live in Illinois.


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All mammals are protected by law adminstered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It is illegal to kill or harm any wild mammal in Illinois unless under regulations by IDNR. Mammals may be killed during designated hunting and trapping seasons, and the IDNR may issue permits to remove nuisance animals if deemed appropriate. Check with the IDNR for more information.

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