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New 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 about 10,000 trappers in New York. This number varies depending on the year and fur market conditions.

For more information on trapping, please read Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation (PDF) (3.5 MB). It is a compilation of the knowledge, insights, and experiences of professional wildlife biologists who are responsible for the conservation of wildlife resources throughout the United States and Canada. It is published by the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society.

Check-out the most recent New York Furbearer Update (PDF) (2.71 MB) for the latest news regarding the furbearer management program in New York!

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