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Title:2014-2015 Illinois Otter Trapper Report
Author(s):Williams, Brent D.; Campbell, Linda K.; Schweizer, Laura A.; Miller, Craig A.
Subject(s):Trapper effort
otter harvest
marketing practices
Division of Wildlife U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:llinois otter trapping was reinstated during the 2012-2013 Illinois Furbearer Trapping season. During 2014-2015, thethirdyear of reinstatement, 495 Illinois residents who trapped an otter were provided anotter permit; each otter trapper was mailed a 4-page questionnaire. We received 342 (74%) usable questionnaires. During the 2014-15 season, an average of 30 traps were set per trapper over the course of 43 days or nights. Respondents harvested an average of 2.2 otters (Lontra canadensis) for a total of 723 otters, which represented a 25% decrease from 2013-14. Participants also harvested 15,513 raccoons (Procyon lotor), 7,410 muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), and 2,557 opossum (Didelphis virginiana) during the 2014-2015 Illinois trapping season. Trapper attitudes toward wildlife related issuesand marketing practices were also examined.
Issue Date:2015-08-31
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2015 (27)
Federal Aid in Wildlife Research W-112-R-24
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:IDNR Division of Wildlife
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Federal Aid Project Number W-112-R-24
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:2016-05-09

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