Property owners may take dangerous wild animals on their propertyFebruary 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18As of January 1, 2015, a person who owns or rents land, or their agent, may take, on his property, a gray wolf, American black bear, or cougar, as long as there is a reasonable expectation that the animal is stalking or causing an imminent threat of physical harm or death to another human, livestock, domestic animal, or structure or property on another owner's or tenant's land.
Not-so-neighborly neighborsBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466Rural and exurban property owners who want to keep hunters and others off their land sometimes find it hard to do. But liability limits protect those who open their land to the public.
New tethering rules and humane treatment of dogsJuly 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 320Pursuant to the amended Humane Care for Animals Act, a dog owner may tether its dog outdoors so long as tethering will not exacerbate a known condition suffered by the dog.
Pet CustodyApril 2014Column, Page 197Here's what to do for divorcing partners who love their pet but not each other.
New requirements for pet stores and remedies for wronged pet-ownersDecember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 612Pursuant to a recent amendment of the Animal Welfare Act, immediately upon becoming aware of an outbreak of a contagious and life threatening disease, which includes diseases such as distemper or parvovirus, a pet shop operator is now legally obligated to notify the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
New rules for hound running areasJune 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 292The Department of Natural Resources (the “Department”) recently added new regulations governing hound-running areas. 17 Ill. Adm. Code 970.
Changes in hunting and trapping regulations for 21 animalsNovember 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 556The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently amended the Wildlife Code for hunting of raccoons, opossums, striped skunks, red foxes, gray foxes, coyotes, woodchucks, ducks, geese, coots, doves, crows, woodcocks, snipes, rails, and teals as authorized by various sections of the Wildlife Code [520 ILCS 5/1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.23, 2.26, 2.30, 2.33, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.27, 3.28, and 3.29].
Gimme shelterBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118A look at the legal issues public and private animal shelters face.
Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236The Department of Natural Resources has been charged with running a year-long pilot program focused on harvesting Silver Carp and Bighead Carp, two invasive species in the Illinois River, in order to facilitate an increase in population of native fish.
Measure of damages to pet may include the cost of veterinary care and treatmentMarch 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122On December 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County awarding damages to the plaintiffs for tortious damage to their dog and modifying the damage award to equal the total costs of veterinary care required.
A veterinary standard of careBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2008LawPulse, Page 334The court makes explicit that veterinarians are "skilled" practitioners of a "profession or trade" and thus owe a duty of care.
Animal Law Comes into Its OwnBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Article, Page 412As Americans place more value on pets, the importance of animal law is growing. Here's an Illinois-focused look at this emerging area.