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    Here’s the press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: First Circuit United States Court of Appeals Upholds Maine’s Trapping Regulations The First Circuit United States Court of Appeals this week affirmed a lower federal court’s ruling that denied a request from two organizations seeking to permanently enjoin Maine’s trapping regulations. The [...]

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    This trapping season, Pennsylvania trappers will see increased opportunities to pursue bobcats and fishers, both species that have been expanding their numbers in the state. This year all trappers will be able to purchase a permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to harvest a bobcat, whereas they previously had to win the permit in a [...]

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    Kansas is the second state to add an online trapper education course on TrapperEd.com as a replacement to the old mail correspondence course and an alternative to instructor-led courses that are taught in person. All persons born after July 1, 1966 are required to take the course before harvesting furbearers on land in the state [...]

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    Get ready, Montana trappers! The land trapping season for protected furbearers begins on December 1. Here’s a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: Land furbearer trapping seasons open December 1 across much of Montana for bobcat, marten, fisher, and wolverine. Trappers after bobcat and wolverine must purchase their license by Tuesday, November 30. [...]

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    Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed a bill on Tuesday that extends muskrat trapping in the state.  Muskrats are found throughout the state, and trapping of the species is regulated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Congratulations, Illinois trappers!  In a time where it seems like trapping rights are constantly being eroded, it’s nice to [...]

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    There’s great news for trappers in New Mexico today.  The New Mexico State Game Commission unanimously voted to overturn a ban placed on trapping in the Gray Wolf Recovery Area by Governor Bill Richardson last year. We reported on the trapping ban a year ago, and noted that a study was underway to determine whether [...]

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering an application by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for an incidental take permit for Canada lynx.  The ITP would provide legal protection for the Department’s trapping program and trappers who incidentally capture lynx, which are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act.  In [...]

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    After a successful recovery of the gray wolf population in the Great Lakes area, wolves have been removed from the Endangered Species List by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  With delisting, management of the wolf population becomes the responsibility of each state’s fish and wildlife department. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering [...]

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    Recent developments within the Minnesota legislature and the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will allow the public to trap for wolves in the two states for the first time in decades. Wolf management was transferred from the federal government to the state of Minnesota in January when the population was removed from the Endangered [...]

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    In addition to Idaho, Montana and Minnesota, trappers will likely be able to pursue wolves in Wisconsin this fall.  Recent wolf delisting by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has turned over wolf management to the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin season would include managed hunting and trapping, with a goal to reduce [...]

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    For the first time in modern history, Delaware trappers will have a trapping season specifically for fox and coyotes. Officials at Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife are adopting rules for the season, which was created after the legislature passed … Continue reading

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    In a recent district court case, judge Edward Lodge rejected an environmentalist challenge to the state of Idaho’s wolf management program that includes trapping two packs of wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness.  Basically, the state wanted to trap two … Continue reading

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  • 11/02/14--13:57: Bob Noonan on Bear Trapping
  • On Tuesday November 4th, Maine voters will decide whether to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps to hunt bears in the state.  Perhaps the most misunderstood of these methods is bear trapping.  Bob Noonan explains bear trapping well … Continue reading

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    December 9, 2014 IFW News — IFW Adopts Emergency Trapping Rule Changes In Northern Maine For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014 AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has implemented immediate trapping regulation changes through an emergency … Continue reading

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    After a successful re-introduction of river otters to the state, Indiana wildlife officials are considering a fur trapping season for otters for the first time in decades. INDIANAPOLIS — Efforts to restore Indiana’s river otter population have been so successful … Continue reading

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    Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail | Pulitzer Prize-winning West Virginia news | Reintroduced in late 1960s, fishers fare fine in WV

    The post Reintroduced in late 1960s, Fishers Fare Fine in West Virginia appeared first on Trapping Today.


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    The seemingly widespread, long term decline in muskrat populations has been puzzling to trappers and wildlife managers for years.  Despite less trapping pressure and far lower harvest, muskrat numbers continue to go down.  Theories attempting to explain lower rat numbers range from habitat loss, higher populations of predators, disease, and many others. Pennsylvania furbearer biologist […]

    The post Cleaner Water Contributing to Muskrat Decline? appeared first on Trapping Today.


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    Bobcats in Illinois and Indiana are the latest example of conservation success stories in state wildlife management. In Illinois, 2016-17 marked the first hunting/trapping season for bobcats in decades. Here’s a recap: New Illinois Hunting and Trapping Season for Bobcats a Success Preliminary harvest of 141 bobcats SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters and trappers took a […]

    The post Bobcat Recovery and Trapping Opportunity in Illinois, Indiana appeared first on Trapping Today.


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    Trappers in the northern forests of the Lower 48 can breathe a collective sigh of relief tonight.  After more than a decade of political struggle, it appears that the Canada lynx is finally headed down the path toward delisting, and relinquished Federal control over the species’ management. Here’s the release:     Status Review Indicates […]

    The post Feds Say Lynx Recovery Warrants Delisting appeared first on Trapping Today.


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    South Dakota trappers might be required to put their names and addresses on traps and snares they put in the field for furbearers and they might be prohibited during pheasant Source: Trapping faces possible changes in South Dakota | Local News Stories | capjournal.com

    The post Trapping faces possible changes in South Dakota | Local News Stories | capjournal.com appeared first on Trapping Today.