North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

What to Trap

Furbearer species are mammals that are trapped primarily for their fur and include carnivores such as raccoons and coyotes, rodents such as beaver and muskrats, and North Carolina's only marsupial, the opossum.

Furbearer Species

A class of warm-blooded animals with fur or hair on their bodies. Mammals are vertebrates. The young are born live and feed on milk from their mothers.

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Name
State
Classification
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Information
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Beaver

Castor canadensis

Furbearer

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Range:  Statewide

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Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Game & Furbearer

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Range:  Statewide

Cooperator Program

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Coyote

Canis latrans

NonGame

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Range:  Statewide

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Gray Fox

Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Game

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Range:  Statewide

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Groundhog

Marmota monax

NonGame

Profile

Range map

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Mink

Neovison vison

Furbearer

Profile

Range:  Statewide

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Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus

Furbearer

Profile

Range:  Statewide

Cooperator Program

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Nutria

Myocastor coypus

NonGame

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Opossum, Virginia

Didelphis virginiana

Game & Furbearer

Profile

Range:  Statewide

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Otter, River

Lontra canadensis

Furbearer

Profile

Range:  Statewide

Cooperator Program

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Raccoon

Procyon lotor

Game & Furbearer

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Range:  Statewide

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Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Game

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Range:  Statewide

 

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Spotted Skunk

Spilogale putorius

Furbearer

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Cooperator Program

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Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis

Furbearer

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Weasel, Long-tailed

Mustela frenata

Furbearer

Range:  Statewide