Many South Dakota Furbearer Seasons Underway

PIERRE, S.D. – As of Nov. 5, many of the furbearer seasons across the state began. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) wants to remind individuals to leave trapping equipment or furbearers in traps undisturbed. Tampering with either is a violation.

“Trapping is a recreational opportunity enjoyed by sportsmen and women across the state,” said Keith Fisk, GFP wildlife damage program administrator. “Our agency is reminding individuals who come across trapping equipment or furbearers in traps to not disturb the animals and equipment as the trapper will be checking the traps in accordance with state regulations.”

Traps (including snares) are designed to humanely hold furbearers. When individuals voluntarily shoot a furbearer in a trap thinking they are assisting the trapper; they oftentimes destroy valuable pelts which can lead to conflicts.

“Dispatching furbearers in traps is best left to the individual operating the devices,” said Fisk.

In 2015, 3,954 sportsmen and women pursued the renewable natural resource of wild fur as a recreational outdoor activity. Trapping is an important component of wildlife management and serves as a critical role in managing South Dakota’s furbearer populations.

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