The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has adopted tentative furberarer trapping and hunting regulations for the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons.
Tentative regulations adopted by the commission require trappers to report the harvest of bobcat and fisher, both of which are under trapping district quotas, within 24 hours by calling the FWP regional office in the trapping district where the animal was taken. After hours or weekends the report can be made to an answering service. In addition, bobcat, otter, fisher and wolverine pelts must be tagged by FWP personnel within five days of when the animal was taken. In the past, tagging was required within 72 hours.
Harvest quotas for bobcat trapping were increased in three of the seven trapping districts in the state: the District l quota was increased from 150 to 200, the District 2 bobcat quota was increased from 160 to 180 and the District 6 quota was increased from 100 to 150. The bobcat season is closed in a trapping district when the quota is met or the season ends. Bobcat season runs from Dec. 1 to Feb. 15 in Trapping Districts 1, 2, and 3 and from Dec. 1 to March 1 in Trapping Districts 4, 5, 6, and 7.
To request a copy of the proposed regulation changes, send name and address on a 3x5 card to Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.