The trapping season for marten, river otter, mink and weasel opened Dec. 1 on Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Island (Unit 4), and beaver season opened Nov. 10. For most species, the trapping season continues through Feb. 15. Exceptions are the marten, mink and weasel season closure on Dec. 31 in the north Chichagof Island area and the beaver season, which remains open until April 30.
In addition to obtaining a trapping license, trappers must have marten, river otter and beaver hides sealed within 30 days after the close of the season by ADF&G staff, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, or state-appointed fur sealers.
Trappers in Units 1-5 are reminded that traps and snares are required to be individually marked with a permanent metal tag with the trapper’s name and address, or the trapper’s permanent ID number, or to be set within 50 yards of a sign that lists this information. Detailed requirements are located in the 2011-2012 Alaska Trapping Regulations or online at www.wildlife.alaska.gov.
Trappers are cautioned to use discretion in the placement of traps and snares near trails, recreational and residential areas where people and pets congregate. Avoid placing trap or snare sets in high-use areas to minimize conflicts between trappers and other users. Pet owners are reminded to maintain control over their pets to reduce encounters with legally set traps and snares. Leash laws, where applicable, should be followed. A person may not obstruct, hinder, or disturb a lawful trapping effort.
For more information, call the Sitka Fish & Game office at 747-5449 or the Alaska Wildlife Troopers at 747- 3254.