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Monday, February 6 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Technical Session. Twenty Years of Furbearer Trapping Data from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

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AUTHORS: Brian Stemper, Stephen Winter - U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge consists of more than 97,125 ha along approximately 421 km of the Upper Mississippi River. The refuge encompasses lands and waters of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, with a northern boundary at Wabasha, Minnesota, and a southern boundary near Clinton, Iowa. Furbearer trapping on the refuge has occurred since the refuge was created by legislation in 1924 and is considered an important cultural activity that is highly valued by a portion of the river-using public. Additionally, trapping on the refuge is sometimes necessary to protect refuge infrastructure such as dikes and levees. Trapping on the refuge is considered a commercial activity and is regulated through the issuance of Special Use Permits to individual trappers. One requirement of a trapping Special Use Permit is that trappers must submit a fur catch report at the end of each fur harvest season. With fur catch reports, trappers self-report metrics such as the geographic area they trapped, the number of days they trapped, the average number of traps they used each day, and the number of individual animals of each species they harvested. This presentation will highlight data from 20 years of submitted fur catch reports. These data represent a unique set of information about trapping activity and furbearer harvest across a wide geographic area and provide insight to the dynamics of an important wildlife-dependent activity through time.

Monday February 6, 2017 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Hawthorne

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