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Title:Results of the 2012-2013 Illinois Trapper Survey
Author(s):Miller, Craig A.; Campbell, Linda K.
days trapped
furbearer hunting
IDNR Division of Wildlife U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service INHS
Abstract:A random sample of 1,200 persons who purchased a 2012 resident Illinois trapping license was generated from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources licensing database. Licensees were mailed a 4-page questionnaire, and we received 744 (63%) questionnaires. Trapping license sales increased 28% from 2011 (4,944 licenses) to 2012 (6,320). Trappers set an average of 19 traps for an average of 25.6 days or nights during the 2012-2013 season, and they harvested an estimated 195,360 furbearers (down 21% from the 246,287 harvested in 2011-2012). An estimated 104,947 raccoons (Procyon lotor) were trapped by trappers during the 2012-2013 Illinois trapping season, a decrease of 30% from the estimated 149,449 trapped during the 2011-2012 season. Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) harvest was the next highest at 33,906 muskrats trapped (8.5% decrease from previous year). Sightings of bobcat (Lynx rufus) by trappers, and harvest of furbearers by hunting, were also documented.
Issue Date:2013-09-12
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2013 (34)
Illinois Trapper Survey
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:IDNR Division of Wildlife
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-03-18

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