Lynx Protection Zone and Trap Restrictions
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The skins of all beaver, bobcat, coyote, fisher, fox, marten, mink and otter must be tagged within 10 days after the end of the season on each species. Tags must be attached to the skins of these furbearing animals before you are allowed to sell them, give them away, send them anywhere or take them anywhere. There is a 25 cent tagging fee for each skin.
Skins of other furbearing animals (muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red squirrel, skunk and weasel) do not need to be tagged. Exceptions: The skins of all bobcats taken by hunting shall be presented by the person who harvested the bobcat for tagging within 10 calendar days from when they were taken. All otter incidentally harvested during extended beaver seasons January 1st through April 30th, must be tagged within 10 calendar days of harvesting the animal. Untagged coyotes are allowed to be gifted (see above for more information).
All beaver must be tagged within 10 days of the final closing date on beaver. For example, if beaver are allowed to be trapped in some districts until April 30th, all beaver skins, regardless of where they were taken, must be tagged by May 10th.
Marten and Fisher
When purchasing a trapping license, 25 temporary marten tags and 10 temporary fisher tags are also provided. One of these tags, signed and dated, must be immediately attached to each marten and fisher at the time the animal is removed from the capture site. This temporary tag must match the number indicated on the trapper’s license. This allows the trapper to keep the marten or fisher until they are able to have it registered by a fur tagging agent. Trappers who are not required by law to have a trapping license (residents under 10 years of age and residents trapping on their own land) may use, in lieu of the official temporary tag, a substitute tag (string tag) on which the name and address of the individual and the date of harvest has been clearly written in ink. Lifetime Trapping License holders must contact the Department to receive these tags.
Bringing the Skins of Furbearing Animals into Maine from Another State or Province
The skins of furbearing animals harvested in another state or province must be tagged in that state or province before being brought into Maine. If that state or province has no tagging requirements, the skins must be tagged in this state. The tagging of imported fur applies only to those nine species for which Maine requires tagging. Note: Skins imported by taxidermists solely for taxidermy purposes do not require tagging.
Tagging Animals Before the Skin is Removed From the Carcass
Skins may be tagged while still attached to the carcass, but it may make it difficult to properly prepare the skin if it has already been tagged.
Tagging Frozen Skins:
If a skin will be frozen at the time it is presented for tagging, even if it hasn't been removed from the carcass, a popsicle stick, tongue depressor, or similar object should be inserted from the mouth hole through one of the eye holes before freezing. Removal of the stick at the time of tagging allows the tag to be inserted in the skin without thawing it out. Tagging agents may refuse to tag frozen skins which have not been prepared in this manner.
Bobcat and otter must be tagged by Department personnel. Other furs may be tagged at one of the many fur tagging stations which are located throughout the state, see Fur Tagging Stations. In addition to fur tagging stations, furs may be tagged at any regional office of the Department and, through prior arrangement, by any Department game warden or wildlife biologist.
Taking Furs Out of the State
If furs have been properly tagged, it is permitted by Maine law to take or ship furs out of the State, but Federal Law requires an export permit for black bear, bobcat, otter and ermine (weasel) before these animals may be transported outside the United States. For information and permit applications, please contact:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Management Authority
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 420C
Arlington, VA 22203
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Regional Offices
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