Moosehorn NWR Opens To Furbearer Trapping

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge will be open to furbearer trapping again this year. Each of the refuge’s trapping units will be awarded on a bid or lottery basis. Information and trapping applications may be obtained by visiting the refuge office during business hours, (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on holidays) or by contacting the refuge manager at (207)454-1700 or by mail (Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, 103 Headquarters Road, Baring, ME 04694).  Trapping applications (FWS Form 3-1383-C) must be returned to the refuge office by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, October 3.  A public bid opening will be held in the Refuge Headquarters Conference Room on October 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

Moosehorn is using a new application form and procedure this year.  The web site with information about the new process is:   Hhttp://www.fws.gov/refuges/visitors/permits.html. The Special Use Permit Application for Commercial Activities, including Furbearer Trapping, FWS Form 3-1383-C, may be downloaded at:  http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-1383-C.pdf.  The application can be saved and emailed, or printed and delivered or sent to the refuge by mail or FAX

Furbearer trapping has been used as a management tool at Moosehorn since 1986.  One goal of the program is to manage the populations of predators of migratory birds such as the American woodcock and American black duck.  Populations of aquatic mammals such as beaver and muskrat are managed to limit damage to dikes, roads, culverts and water control structures.  Trapping is viewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a legitimate recreational and economic activity where there are harvestable surpluses of furbearing mammals.

The Moosehorn NWR encompasses 29,618 acres in eastern Washington County.  The Baring Division lies in Baring Plantation, Calais, Charlotte and Meddybemps.  Parts of the Edmunds Division are located in Edmunds Twp. and Pembroke bordering Dennys Bay. For information on Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge visit   http://www.fws.gov/northeast/moosehorn/.

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