Destructive Wildlife - Use of Steel Traps


The Executive Director may issue permits for the use of steel traps to take destructive coyotes, fox, bobcats, beaver, and otter at any time through an application made at the Commission's Regional Offices.

Persons so authorized may sell the furs or carcasses of such animals, provided they have a Furbearer Trapping License and present a copy of their Steel Trap Permit to the licensed dealer or buyer.  The dealer or buyer must retain a copy of the permit in his records.

No furbearer or part thereof showing signs of being taken by a steel trap may be possessed, transported or sold, unless directly traceable to a person authorized by the Commission to use such a device.

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