From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
-- Furbearer registrations in northeast Minnesota for the 2009 trapping season increased 13 percent from 2008, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Jeff Lightfoot, DNR regional wildlife manager, said trappers registering 154 more marten, 118 more otter, 240 more bobcat and 112 fewer fisher.
The 2009-2010 season for marten and fisher was a nine-day season. This season length was instituted in 2007 to reduce the harvest of these two species due to a high harvest in 2006. A similar harvest to 2008 suggests that the shortened season length is producing the desired result of a reduced harvest level on these two species.
Trappers are required to register all marten, fisher, otter and bobcat that are taken during their respective seasons. Seasons, limits or area closures are in place for all of these species.
Seasons for these species have been established in areas of the state with healthy populations. These regulations are intended to provide opportunities for limited harvest of these species, continue to allow for range expansion and still maintain healthy populations for all Minnesota residents to enjoy.
Wildlife managers and biologists will assess the 2009 furbearer harvest and population levels this winter before determining the 2010 season for furbearers.
Information on seasons and limits for furbearers is available in the DNR’s 2009 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html.