Furbearers include all mammals harvested primarily for their pelts. In Maine, these include coyote, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, marten, raccoon, skunk, short- and long-tailed weasels, mink, otter, beaver, muskrat, and opossum. The pelts of all furbearers, except weasel, raccoon, muskrat, skunk, and opossum are tagged for tracking the furbearer harvest. Pelt tagging is one of the primary population indices used in our furbearer management systems. Furbearers are primarily trapped but some species (i.e., fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, and skunk) are also hunted.

Get detailed life history information on the ConserveWildlife.org website.

Species plans