FURBEARER MANAGEMENT


Furbearer Management Registration Information

2009-2014 Annual Fur Production and 5-Year Average Based on Export Permits
Species 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 5-Year Average
Badger 172 358 362 644 391 385
Beaver 10,618 9,743 14,079 10,585 12,088 11,423
Bobcat 21 14 27 22 29 23
Coyote 14,401 14,970 35,050 29,326 33,364 25,422
Fisher 1,271 1,251 2,095 1,391 1,772 1,556
Fox 966 938 1,940 1,807 1,836 1,497
Canada Lynx 1,346 1,491 2,486 1,930 2,093 1,869
Marten 9,485 9,402 12,883 9,627 11,505 10,580
Mink 591 564 613 475 560 561
Muskrat 9,283 6,411 15,453 18,757 41,632 18,307
River Otter 265 284 316 266 269 280
Raccoon 83 85 216 179 221 157
Skunk 31 14 75 24 32 35
Squirrel 19,058 9,601 24,175 5,704 13,555 14,419
Weasel (Ermine) 3,243 3,822 4,132 3,613 4,486 3,859
Wolf 360 430 586 574 598 510
Wolverine 51 54 41 46 75 53

Fur Production Based on Export Permits

Species 2013/2014 Season
Number of Pelts Avg Price Economic Value

Badger

391 $30.71 $12,008

Beaver

12,088 $19.07 $230,518

Bobcat

29 $334.82 $9,710

Coyote

33,364 $77.22 $2,576,368

Fisher

1,772 $122.07 $216,308

Fox

1,836
$36.52
$67,051

Lynx

2,093 $155.92 $326,341

Marten

11,505 $78.16 $899,231

Mink

560 $22.83 $12,785

Muskrat

41,632 $9.37 $390,092

Otter

269 $70.68 $19,013

Raccoon

221 $15.43 $3,410

Skunk

32 $6.58 $211

Squirrel

13,555 $0.92 $12,471

Weasel (Ermine)

4,486 $3.35 $15,028

Wolf

598 $144.31 $86,297

Wolverine

75 $264.70 $19,853

Total Fur Value:

$4,896,692

Species 2012/2013 Season
Number of Pelts Avg Price Economic Value

Badger

644 $30.40 $19,578

Beaver

10,585 $31.81 $336,709

Bobcat

22 $399.00 $8,778

Coyote

29,326 $76.00 $2,228,776

Fisher

1,391 $161.50 $224,647

Fox

1,087
$64,08
$115,793

Lynx

1,930 $217.16 $419,119

Marten

9,627 $150.00 $1,444,050

Mink

475 $32.20 $12,295

Muskrat

18,757 $10.40 $195,073

Otter

266 $117.73 $31,316

Raccoon

179 $21.41 $3,832

Skunk

24 $10.37 $249

Squirrel

5,704 $1.09 $6,217

Weasel (Ermine)

3,613 $2.84 $10,261

Wolf

574 $155.40 $89,200

Wolverine

46 $238.33 $10,963

Total Fur Value:

$5,159,855

Species % Change
Number of Pelts Avg Price Economic Value

Badger

-39% 1% -39%

Beaver

17% -40% -32%

Bobcat

32% -16% 11%

Coyote

14% 2% 16%

Fisher

27% -24% -4%

Fox

2%
-43%
-42%

Lynx

8% -28% -22%

Marten

20% -48% -38%

Mink

18% -29% -16%

Muskrat

122% -10% 100%

Otter

1% -40% -39%

Raccoon

23% -28% -11%

Skunk

33% -37% -15%

Squirrel

138% -16% 101%

Weasel (Ermine)

24% 18% 46%

Wolf

4% -7% -3%

Wolverine

63% 11% 81%

Total Fur Value:

-5%

 Trapper Statistics 2013/14
 Registered Licences 1,542
 Partner Licences 1,166
 Resident Licences 1,191
 Registered Fur Management Areas 1.632

Trapping and Cougar Management

In recent years, the number of cougars accidentally killed by trappers in Alberta has increased. Cougars are carefully managed
as a hunted game animal in Alberta, and no trapping season exists. In areas where incidental mortality of cougars is high, hunting quotas for cougars may need to be reduced to prevent population declines. As important stewards of Alberta's wildlife resources, trappers should take precautions to limit the number of cougars and other non-target species that are accidentally captured.

Most cougars are captured in snares set for wolves or coyotes, or in large conibears set for lynx, bobcats, or wolverines. Cougars are not trap-shy and are much more easily captured than wary species such as wolves. Therefore, trappers should take steps to reduce the chance that a cougar will find their traps. Avoid placing snares or large conibears in areas where ungulates are wintering. When possible, place your sets in open areas where cougars will feel uncomfortable. Keep snares and traps well away (>200 m) from baits; use canid-specific gland lures, urine, andscats to lure wolves and coyotes to your sets. If you see cougar tracks near your sets, close the snares or pull the traps until the cougar has moved on. Consider moving your sets to a new area if you're seeing regular cougar activity. By taking these few simple precautions, trappers can reduce the chance that they will accidentally catch a cougar, leaving more of these animals for enjoyment by all Albertans. For more information on cougars and cougar management in Alberta, download the Management Plan for Cougars in Alberta at: esrd.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife

Reminder: All cougar harvests (even accidental) must be registered at a Fish and Wildlife office immediately!

Accurate harvest information helps in managing the furbearer resource, and ultimately benefits the trapping industry. Your full cooperation is both required and appreciated.

Control of Problem Wildlife

Regulations allow landholders (residents only) to take immediate action to control some problem wildlife. The following privileges are beyond those permitted under fur management licences during fur seasons. Please contact your Fish & Wildlife office when fur-bearers other than the species shown in this section are destroying property. A damage control licence may be necessary.

Section 38 of the Wildlife Act specifies that no person shall hunt wildlife or discharge firearms on or over occupied lands, or enter on such lands for the purpose of doing so without the consent of the owner or occupant.

Beaver may be hunted and trapped, without a licence and during all seasons, on privately owned land by the owner or occupant of the land, or by a resident with written permission from the owner or occupant of the land.

Wolf1 may be hunted (but not trapped) without a licence during all seasons, as follows:

  • on privately owned land by the owner or occupant of the land, or by a resident with permission from the owner or occupant.
  • on public land by a person authorized to keep livestock on that land, or by a resident who has written permission from that authorized person.

The above authorities to hunt wolves extend to lands within 8 km (5 mi.) of the land described above, provided the authorized person or resident has right-of-access.

Coyotes1 may be hunted (but not trapped), without a licence, at all times of the year throughout the province:

  1. by a resident who has right of access to hunt on lands that are not public lands within the Green Area;
  2. by the owner or occupant of privately owned land, on the privately owned land;
  3. by a person maintaining livestock on public land, on that public land; or
  4. *on lands described in c) that are in the Green Area, by a resident who is authorized in writing by the person described in c).

* These pelts must be salvaged.

(1) For further information and other seasons regarding the hunting of wolf and coyote, please refer to the current Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations.

Red fox may be hunted (but not trapped), without a licence and during all seasons, by a resident on privately owned land to which the resident has the right of access.

Badger and Red Squirrel may be hunted or trapped, without a licence and during all seasons, by a resident on privately owned land to which the resident has the right of access.

Skunk and raccoon may be hunted or trapped during all seasons by the owner or occupant of land, or by a person authorized by the owner or occupant, or by the holder of a licence authorizing the trapping of fur-bearing animals.

Rabbit or hare may be hunted (but not trapped), throughout the province, at any time of year, without a licence on land which the person has the right of access for hunting. A resident may use snares to take rabbit or hare, provided the snare meets Regulatory Requirements for the Use of Trapping Devices.

Bobcat may be hunted (but not trapped) by a resident on land which the resident has the right of access for hunting in WMUs 102, 104, 106, 108, 112, 116, 118 and 119 and that part of WMU 110 east of Highway No. 2 and south of Highway No. 3 from November 1 to February 28.



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