River Otter Trapping Avoidance

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River otter sightings and incidental catches are increasing in North Dakota. Since otter and beaver use the same habitat, there is potential for trappers in North Dakota to encounter otters while trapping beavers. Although there is no guarantee that a trapper will not catch an otter, the methods discussed can reduce this risk, with minimal impact on beaver trapping success.

Authors and Contributors

North Dakota Game and Fish Department, ND Fur Hunters and Trappers Association, ND Fur Takers Association

Research Category

Target Species

River Otter

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