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Idaho Fish and Game

Trapping and Furbearer Information

Trapping information in Idaho


Idaho's beavers, bobcats, river otters and other furbearers provide 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 values. Furbearers and their harvest are managed 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:
Red FoxMartenMink
MuskratRiver otter

Beaver trappers: This map shows boundaries for closure areas.

These 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.

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Informational Brochure

Trapper Signage

Trappers are encouraged to use this Warning Sign - [PDF, 2.7 MB] 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.