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News Release : February 5, 2007


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

Seasons End for Mink, Muskrat, Beaver Trapping

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds trappers that the trapping season for mink and muskrat will end on February 28, 2007 . Also the trapping season for beaver will end on March 31, 2007 .

Beaver trappers are reminded that it is illegal to set traps other than water sets during the month of March. All beaver pelts are required to be checked at an official game checking station within 30 days of the close of season. Mink and muskrat pelts are not required to be checked in at an official game checking station.

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

The general public is reminded that now, before the trapping season ends would be a good time to deal with nuisance muskrat or beaver problems. Trappers may be more likely to assist landowners with nuisance problems while they have their gear in working order and pelts are prime.


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