South Charleston, W.Va. – Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter are reminded they must present the whole animal or pelt to an official game checking station or West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) representative for checking within 30 days after the close of the respective season. A tag provided by the checking station shall be attached to the whole animal or pelt until it has been sold, tanned or mounted.

The law requires bobcat hunters and trappers to field tag each bobcat before moving the animal from the location where it was killed. The field tag must remain on the carcass until it is retagged with an official game checking tag at an official game checking station. Hunters and trappers are to present the un-skinned bobcat when checking the animal.

Information provided by hunters or trappers on the checking tag is used by the DNR to monitor harvest and assist in future management of these furbearing species in West Virginia. Decisions regarding season length, opening and closing dates, and bag limits are reliant upon accurate data obtained from these tags.

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