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River OtterNew York State is one of the nation's top producers of wild furs for the commercial fur trade. New York City remains a center for the production and marketing of fur garments.

Trapping provides important benefits to New Yorkers including: the control of nuisance damage, economic benefits to trappers and people involved in the fur industry, and recreation to trappers.

The 14 species of furbearing animals in New York are abundant and their populations are secure. DEC regulates trapping seasons to ensure the continued security of New York's furbearer populations.

Trappers must complete a mandatory trapper education course to obtain a trapping license.

There are between 5,000-10,000 trappers in New York, depending on the year and fur market conditions.

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