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Furbearer Management Registration Information

2011-2016 Annual Fur Production and 5-Year Average Based on Export Permits

Species 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 5-Year Average
Badger 362 644 391 349 199 389
Beaver 14,079 10,585 12,088 9,093 8,652 10,899
Bobcat 27 22 29 14 24 23
Coyote 35,050 29,326 33,364 43,122 44,607 37,094
Fisher 2,095 1,391 1,772 1,592 1,645 1,699
Fox 1,940 1,807 1,836 2,278 2,153 2,003
Canada Lynx 2,486 1,930 2,093 1,420 1,710 1,928
Marten 12,883 9,627 11,505 8,570 8,279 10,173
Mink 613 475 560 757 454 572
Muskrat 15,453 18,757 41,632 47,015 22,554 29,082
River Otter 316 266 269 283 311 289
Raccoon 216 179 221 211 42 174
Skunk 75 24 32 165 60 71
Squirrel 24,175 5,704 13,555 8,436 13,037 12,982
Weasel (Ermine) 4,132 3,613 4,486 5,308 4,553 4,418
Wolf 586 574 598 632 968 672
Wolverine 41 46 75 57 67 57


Fur Production Based on Export Permits

Species 2015/2016 Season 2014/2015 Season % Change
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Badger 199 $22.32 $4,442 349 $20.33 $7,095 -43% 10% -37%
Beaver 8,652 $8.56 $74,061 9,093 $15.53 $141,214 -5% -45% -48%
Bobcat 24 $160.50 $3,852 14 $232.27 $3,252 -71% -31% 18%
Coyote 44,607 $60.41 $2,694,709 43,122 $100.14 $4,318,237 3% -40% -38%
Fisher 1,645 $46.24 $76,065 1,592 $93.67 $149,123 3% -51% -49%
Fox 2,153 $10.20 $21,961 2,278 $21.93 $49,957 -5% -53% -56%
Lynx 1,710 $38.12 $65,185 1,420 $88.01 $124,974 20% -57% -48%
Marten 8,279 $40.88 $338,446 8,570 $73.44 $629,381 -3% -44% -46%
Mink 454 $7.83 $3,555 757 $11.39 $8,622 -40% -31% -59%
Muskrat 22,554 $1.57 $35,410 47,015 $4.25 $199,814 -52% -63% -82%
Otter 311 $22.74 $7,072 283 $49.99 $14,147 10% -55% -50%
Raccoon 42 $2.64 $111 211 $10.80 $2,279 -80% -76% -95%
Skunk 60 $3.61 $217 165 $4.75 $784 -64% -24% -72%
Squirrel 13,037 $0.39 $5,084 8,438 $1.19 $10,041 55% -67% -49%
Weasel (Ermine) 4,553 $1.44 $6,556 5,308 $1.32 $7,007 -14% 9% -6%
Wolf 968 $124.78 $120,787 632 $150.67 $95,223 53% -17% 27%
Wolverine 67 $216.00 $14,472 57 $181.73 $10,359 18% 19% 40%
Total
Fur Value:
$3,471,985 $5,771,508 -40%



Trapper Statistics 2015/16
Registered Licences 1,544
Partner Licences 1,360
Resident Licences 1,868
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: http://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 district 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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