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Trapping and Furbearer Information

Monday, May 30, 2016 

Idaho's beavers, bobcats, river otters and other furbearers provide us with recreational opportunities, viewing enjoyment, and an economic return from fur pelts. Furbearers provide not only recreational, harvest, and aesthetic values, but also social, cultural, scientific, and genetic ones. The Department manages furbearers and their harvest in order to benefit wildlife populations and to ensure a long-term return from the animals to humans.

Beaver on winter pond

The Department regulates the harvest of eight furbearer species:

  • badger / beaver / bobcat
  • red fox / marten / mink
  • muskrat / river otter

The following furbearers may also be hunted:

  • badger / bobcat / red fox
The coyote, striped skunk, spotted skunk, long-tailed weasel, raccoon and ermine, also considered furbearers, are classified as predatory wildlife and are open to hunting or trapping.

There is no open season for lynx, wolverine, or fisher.

Video: How To Recognize and Avoid Wildlife Traps while Walking your Dog

Video: How To Release Your Dog From A Trap
Trappers are encouraged to use this Warning Sign - [PDF, 500 KB] to inform recreational users that traps are in the area. Trappers may print off copies of the signs and post them near their trap lines. Using the warning signs is voluntary. The sign is a courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the Idaho Trapper's Association.
Last Updated: March 10, 2016 
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