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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director


News Release : January 22, 2007


Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381
Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771

Closing Dates for Fisher, Fox, Raccoon, and Bobcat Seasons

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds trappers that the trapping season for fisher will end on January 31, 2007. This will be followed a month later on February 28, 2007, by the closing of hunting and trapping seasons for fox, raccoon, and bobcat. Hunters and trappers are required to tag all bobcat and fisher pelts at an official game checking station within 30 days of the close of their respective seasons. Fox and raccoon pelts are not required to be checked at a game checking station.

Trappers, hunters, and fur dealers are reminded that furs shipped out of West Virginia must have a fur shipping tag that is available at Division of Natural Resources district offices.

Bobcat hunters and trappers also should obtain a CITES seal for each pelt they plan to sell outside of the state of West Virginia. All bobcat pelts, usually exported from the United States by licensed fur buyers, must have a CITES seal from the state where the animal was trapped. These seals may be obtained from the Elkins Operations Center and any Division of Natural Resources district office. Calling ahead is advised to ensure that personnel authorized to seal bobcat pelts will be available.


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