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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: October 24, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov

Trappers and Hunters Must Tag Furbearers

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s trapping season will open Nov. 2, 2013.  Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter are reminded that they must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or Division of Natural Resources (DNR) representative within 30 days after the close of the respective season. A tag provided by the checking station shall be attached to the whole animal or pelt until it has been sold, tanned or mounted.

            Information provided by hunters or trappers on the checking tag is used to monitor the annual harvest and to assist in future management of these different species. Wildlife biologists make decisions regarding season length, opening and closing dates, and bag limits based on accurate data obtained from these tags.

            State law no longer requires bobcat hunters and trappers to field tag each bobcat before moving the animal from the location where it was killed. Hunters and trappers are to present the unskinned bobcat when checking the animal.

            This is the third year that otters may be trapped in the state. Trappers must deliver skinned otter carcasses to DNR district offices. Biological samples collected will assist biologists in making decisions regarding future trapping seasons.

            DNR advises trappers to obtain a CITES seal for each bobcat and otter pelt from animals harvested in West Virginia. Federal law requires the seal on all bobcat and otter pelts if they will eventually be shipped to international markets such as those in Canada. The seals must be obtained from the state where the animals were harvested.  These seals may be obtained from the DNR Elkins office or a DNR district office.  Calling ahead is advised to ensure that personnel authorized to seal the pelts will be available. 

            CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Bobcats and river otters are not endangered species, but may be confused with similar looking species that may be found on the international market.


Photos Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Beaver and river otterPhotos Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Beaver and river otter
Photos Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Beaver and river otter