Wyoming Game Warden: Furbearer license needed for bobcat, none for coyotes
Kaycee Game Warden
Q: What are some of the requirements for trapping bobcats and coyotes, and what is the deadline to register bobcats?
A: This is an often asked question. The 2016 Furbearing Animal Hunting or Trapping Seasons Regulations are a great and necessary resource for anyone with trapping questions. Under state law coyotes are defined as a predatory animal. No license is required to take predatory animals. Bobcats are defined as furbearing animals and can only be taken November 15 through March 1. A furbearer license is required to take any furbearing animal, including bobcats.
All harvested bobcats shall be registered by 5 p.m. MST on March 11 of each year. The properly licensed individual shall present the pelt or unskinned carcass in an unfrozen condition to a game warden or Game and Fish Regional Office. A Game and Fish representative will attach a tag to the bobcat free of charge. It is unlawful to possess an untagged bobcat pelt after the registration period expires.
When registering a bobcat, the properly licensed trapper shall provide Game and Fish with:
the age and sex of the bobcat,
the bobcat management area where it was harvested,
the date the bobcat was taken, the number of traps set, and
the number of days traps were set or days hunted with a firearm.
There is a bobcat harvest log in the 2016 Furbearing Animal Hunting or Trapping Seasons Regulations, which is a great place to record this information. Refer to these regulations for further information such as trap and snare check periods, trap and snare tagging requirements, and other important information.
Kaycee Game Warden
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