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For Release: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DEC Seeks Assistance From Beaver Trappers on Various Wildlife Management Areas in Western NY

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9 Bureau of Wildlife is seeking fur trappers to harvest beavers on several state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

"Beaver populations in these areas have expanded, causing difficulty with effective management of water levels on ponds, marshes and impoundments. Trappers can help by focusing their harvests on these particular areas," said DEC Regional Wildlife Manager Kenneth Baginski.

The Region 9 Bureau of Wildlife is asking trappers to consider beaver trapping on the following areas:

  • Keeney Swamp WMA - Town of Birdsall - Allegany County
  • Allegheny Reservoir WMA - Town of South Valley - Cattaraugus County
  • Conewango Swamp WMA - Town of Conewango - Cattaraugus County
  • Harwood Lake MUA - Town of Farmersville - Cattaraugus County
  • Clay Pond WMA - Town of Poland - Chautauqua County
  • Watts Flats WMA - Town of Harmony - Chautauqua County

For more information about trapping opportunities at these locations, please contact Land Management Biologist, Emilio Rende at 716-379-6366 or by email at

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