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DNR announces northwestern Minnesota furbearer and late season wolf registration stations

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds northwestern Minnesota fur trappers and wolf hunters to register their pelts between late November and early January at one of several furbearer registration stations.

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At the following locations, furbearers (all species) may be registered between noon and 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. Wolf, bobcat and otter only registration will be conducted between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 8. Locations with differing hours are noted below.

· Backus DNR forestry office, 4391 State Highway 371, 218-947-3232.

· Baudette area wildlife office, 204 Main St. E., 218-634-1705.

· Bemidji area wildlife office, 2114 Bemidji Ave., 218-308-2348.

· Park Rapids area wildlife office, 603 First St. W., 218-732-8452.

· Roseau County Courthouse, 606 5th Ave. SW, 218-463-1130.

· Thief Lake WMA office, Middle River, 42280 240th Ave. NE, 218-222-3747.

· Wadena National Guard Armory, 517 N. Jefferson, 218-732-8452.

· Warroad DNR forestry office, (Nov. 30, 3-5 p.m.) 804 Cherne Drive NW,

218-386-1304.

· Gene Knutson residence (Nov. 30, noon to 2 p.m.); Roosevelt/Warroad area,

218-634-1705 in Baudette; 218-783-6861 at Norris Camp.

Registration is also available by appointment throughout the furbearer season at any of the following DNR area wildlife offices. Trappers and wolf hunters must call ahead to make an appointment.

· Baudette area wildlife office, 204 Main St. E., 218-634-1705.

· Bemidji area wildlife office, 2114 Bemidji Ave., 218-308-2348.

· Park Rapids area wildlife office, 603 First St. W., 218-732-8452.

· Crookston area wildlife office, 204 Main St. S., 218-281-6063.

· Detroit Lakes area wildlife office, 14583 County Highway 19, 218-846-8374.

· Fergus Falls area wildlife office, 1509 1st Ave. N., 218-739-7576.

· Glenwood area wildlife office, 28070 N. Lakeshore Drive, 320-634-0342.

· Karlstad area wildlife office, 202 Main St. N., 218-436-2427.

· Red Lake WMA office, Norris Camp, 218-783-6861.

· Roseau River WMA office, Roseau, 27952 400th St., 218-463-1130.

· Thief River Falls area wildlife office, 246 125th Ave. NE, 218-681-0946.

· Thief Lake WMA office, Middle River, 42280 240th Ave. NE, 218-222-3747.

Pelts must be removed from the carcass and thawed for inspection purposes. The entire carcass of bobcats, and the heads of each pine marten and fisher, must be presented at the time of registration. Trappers must present completed site validation coupons for each fisher, pine marten and river otter when presenting these pelts for registration. The site validation coupons must be notched to indicate the date and time of harvest. Trappers can obtain four otter tags and five fisher/marten tags, which are available upon request at ELS vendors. No more than two fisher can be included in the total limit of five tags for fisher or marten. Wolf site tags must be notched with the month, date, and zone the wolf was harvested.

To expedite registration, trappers and wolf hunters must produce their license and should bring the following written information for each animal to be registered: species; sex; date and location taken (county, township and range); method of take, including type of trap used; and the DNR number as shown on the license.

Wolf

To receive a wolf fur registration tag (required in addition to wolf harvest registration) and for the DNR to collect biological information on wolves harvested during the season, both the wolf pelt and entire carcass (not field dressed) must be brought in for carcass inspection by the hunter who harvested it. The pelt of each wolf must be removed from the carcass and evidence of sex left attached to the pelt. Disposal of wolf carcasses is the responsibility of the hunter/trapper.

Carcass inspection must occur before the pelt is sold or removed from the state and no later than 5 p.m. the first business day following the last legal day wolves can be harvested.

Fur registration forms and additional information are available from the area wildlife offices or the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov.

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