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Furbearer Management Registration Information

2015-2020 Annual Fur Production and 5-Year Average Based on Export Permits

Species 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 5-Year Average
Badger 199 128 155 149 107 148
Beaver 8,652 6746 6678 6,988 6,712 7,155
Bobcat 24 28 24 19 21 23
Coyote 44,607 34,264 46,12 42,039 32,106 39,827
Fisher 1,645 1,207 1.248 958 784 1,168
Fox 2,153 1,535 2,403 1,675 1,263 1,806
Canada Lynx 1,710 1,423 1,797 1,819 1,700 1,690
Marten 8,279 8,016 8,717 7,648 4,419 7,416
Mink 454 518 583 623 399 515
Muskrat 22,554 17,468 9.051 7,219 10,048 13,268
River Otter 311 261 213 220 169 235
Raccoon 42 92 57 126 50 73
Skunk 60 68 101 119 71 84
Squirrel 13,037 6,706 3,575 4,135 1,927 5,876
Weasel (Ermine) 4,553 1,894 3,155 3,100 2,508 3,042
Wolf 968 823 683 722 544 748
Wolverine 67 64 88 60 53 66


Fur Production Based on Export Permits

Species 2019/2020 Season 2018/2019 Season % Change
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Number
of Pelts
Avg Price Economic
Value
Badger 107 $15.01 $1,606 196 $24.52 $4,806 -45% -39% -67%
Beaver 6,712 $14.29 $95,914 6,988 $12.97 $90,634 -4% 10% 6%
Bobcat 21 $924.00 $19,404 19 $148.66 $2,825 11% 522% 587%
Coyote 32,106 $103.80 $3,332,603 42,039 $132.64 $5,576,053 -24% -22% -40%
Fisher 784 $19.96 $15,649 958 $49.82 $47,728 -18% -60% -67%
Fox 1,263 $27.06 $34,177 1,675 $18.69 $31,306 -25% 45% 9%
Lynx 1,700 $41.68 $70,856 1,819 $77.72 $141,373 -7% -46% -50%
Marten 4,419 $15.40 $68,053 7,648 $48.54 $371,234 -42% -68% -82%
Mink 399 n/a n/a 623 $12.31 $7,669 -36% n/a n/a
Muskrat 10,048 $3.90 $39,187 7,219 $3.67 $26,494 39% 6% 48%
River Otter 169 n/a n/a 220 $32.34 $7,115 -23% n/a n/a
Raccoon 50 $19.50 $975 126 $14.83 $1,869 -60% 31% -48%
Skunk 71 $7.14 $507 119 $7.46 $888 -40% -4% -43%
Squirrel 1,927 $1.05 $2,023 4,135 $0.76 $3,143 -53% 38% -36%
Weasel (Ermine) 2,508 $1.77 $4,439 3,100 $2.35 $7,285 -19% -25% -39%
Wolf 544 $285.35 $155,230 722 $195.60 $141,223 -25% 46% 10%
Wolverine 53 $355.64 $18,849 60 $341.61 $20,497 -12% 4% -8%
Total
Fur Value:
$3,859,472 $6,482,139 -40%



Trapper Statistics 2018/19
Registered Licences 1,523
Partner Licences 1,472
Resident Licences 1,780
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://aep.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 cooperation is 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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