Eats: freshwater animals like crabs & crawfish, also acorns, bird’s eggs, corn, fruit, and small land animals like mice & grasshoppers Home: dens in hollow logs or stumps, nests in high grass or abandoned buildings Size: length 2 to 4 feet & weight 8 to 30 pounds Omnivore
Eats:caterpillars, insects, small rodents, eggs, fruit, & grain Home: underground den lined with dry leaves Size: length 14 to 19 inches & 4 to 10 pounds Omnivore
Technically, the term furbearer includes all mammals, which by definition, possess some form of hair. More often, however, wildlife managers use the term to identify mammals that have traditionally been trapped or hunted for their fur. What is a Furbearer?
There are many types of furbearers, including both carnivores (meat eating predators) and rodents (gnawing animals). A few animals, that are normally hunted or trapped primarily for their meat or to reduce agricultural or property damage, may also be considered furbearers if their skins are marketed.
Furs are generally tanned, trimmed, and sewn into garments, rugs, blankets and ornaments, and sometimes dyed in a variety of colors and patterns. Furs are also used in fishing lures, fine brushes and other products. Some furs are shaved, and the hair processed into felt for hats and other garments. Beaver hat Skunk hat
Fur is a renewable resource (naturally replenished), used and valued by many for its beauty, durability, insulative and natural qualities. Fur is only one of many values that people find in furbearers. People have continuously used furbearers in North America for clothing, food and religious ceremonies for the past 11,000 years.
Fur resources had a greater influence on Europeans who settled and explored the North American continent than any other factor. Many cities and towns were begun as fur trading centers where settlers bartered, or traded, with Native Americans for furs. Information above taken from " Trapping and Furbearer Management: Perspectives from the Northeast " published by the Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee (NEFRTC) and reprinted with their kind permission.