Content tagged with "furbearer"

Photograph of a muskrat standing on grass

Muskrat on Dry Land

Muskrats are semiaquatic, living in marshes, sloughs, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

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Muskrat Swimming

One of the most abundant commercial furbearers in Missouri, this semiaquatic rodent has benefited from the construction of thousands of farm ponds throughout the state.

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Raccoon Trapper

Raccoon numbers are down, but other furbearer populations are stable or increasing. High fur prices are likely to lead to a large harvest this year.

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Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes
The common name of this animal, “fox” is the Anglo-Saxon name for this animal and refers to its crafty behavior. In the twenty-first century, hunters still respect and appreciate foxes for their ability to elude.

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River Otter

Lontra canadensis
The playfulness and amazing agility of these streamlined mammals endear them to humans, but their voracious appetite makes these graceful, powerful swimmers a serious predator for crayfish and other small aquatic organisms.

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Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis
Skunks are omnivorous mammals notorious for their ability to discharge an obnoxious scent when provoked, and the striped skunk is the most commonly encountered skunk in our state.

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The Lure of Trapping

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Engaging with nature, nuisance-wildlife control, and pride are just some of the reasons these Missourians love to trap

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Browse Missouri trapping topics, including fur auction results, furbearer program report and records, making trapping lures, history of trapping in Missouri, trapping coyotes, and use of cable restraints in Missouri.

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