File No. 35212

This rule was published in the September 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 18) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources

Rule R657-11

Taking Furbearers

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 35212
Filed: 09/01/2011 10:41:38 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule is being amended pursuant to Regional Advisory Council and Wildlife Board meetings conducted for taking public input and reviewing the division's furbearer program.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendment to this rule changes "proclamation" to "guidebook".

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 23-14-19
  • Section 23-14-18

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The amendments are technical in nature, therefore, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) determines that these amendments do not create a cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget, since the changes will not increase workload and can be done with existing budget.

local governments:

None--This filing does not create any direct cost or savings impact to local governments because they are not directly affected by the amendment. Nor are local governments indirectly impacted because the amendment does not create a situation requiring services from local governments.

small businesses:

This amendment makes a word change, therefore the amendments do not impose any additional requirements on other persons, nor generate a cost or savings impact to small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This amendment makes a word change, therefore the amendments do not impose any additional requirements on other persons, nor generate a cost or savings impact to other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This amendment changes wording for clarification and consistency with other division rules. Therefore, the Division of Wildlife Resources determines that there is no additional compliance costs associated with the amendments.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The amendments to this rule do not create an impact on businesses.

Michael R. Styler, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

10/17/2011

This rule may become effective on:

10/24/2011

Authorized by:

James Karpowitz, Director

RULE TEXT

R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.

R657-11. Taking Furbearers.

R657-11-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) Under authority of Sections 23-14-18 and 23-14-19, the Wildlife Board has established this rule for taking furbearers.

(2) Specific dates, areas, number of permits, limits, and other administrative details which may change annually are published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

 

R657-11-3. License, Permit and Tag Requirements.

(1) A person who has a valid, current furbearer license may take furbearers during the established furbearer seasons published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

(2) A person who has a valid, current furbearer license and valid bobcat permits may take bobcat during the established bobcat season published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

(3) A person who has a valid, current furbearer license and valid marten trapping permit may take marten during the established marten season published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

(4) Any license, permit, or tag that is mutilated or otherwise made illegible is invalid and may not be used for taking or possessing furbearers.

 

R657-11-4. Bobcat Permits.

(1) Bobcat permits can only be obtained and are only valid with a valid, current furbearer license.

(2) A person may obtain up to the number of bobcat permits authorized each year by the Wildlife Board. Permit numbers shall be published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

(3) Bobcat permits will be available during the dates published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers and may be obtained by submitting an application through the division's Internet address.

(4) Bobcat permits are valid for the entire bobcat season.

 

R657-11-7. Permanent Possession Tags for Bobcat and Marten.

(1) A person may not:

(a) possess a green pelt or unskinned carcass from a bobcat or marten that does not have a permanent tag affixed after the Saturday following the close of the bobcat trapping season and marten seasons;

(b) possess a green pelt or the unskinned carcass of a bobcat with an affixed temporary bobcat possession tag issued to another person, except as provided in Subsections (5) and (6); or

(b) buy, sell, trade, or barter a green pelt from a bobcat or marten that does not have a permanent tag affixed.

(2) Bobcat and marten pelts must be delivered to a division representative to have a permanent tag affixed and to surrender the lower jaw.

(3) Bobcat and marten pelts may be delivered to the following division offices, by appointment only, during the dates published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers:

(a) Cedar City - Regional Office;

(b) Ogden - Regional Office;

(c) Price - Regional Office;

(d) Salt Lake City - Salt Lake Office;

(e) Springville - Regional Office; and

(f) Vernal - Regional Office.

(4) There is no fee for permanent tags.

(5) Bobcat and marten which have been legally taken may be transported from an individual's place of residence by an individual other than the fur harvester to have the permanent tag affixed; bobcats must be tagged with a temporary possession tag and accompanied by a valid furbearer license belonging to the fur harvester.

(6) Any individual transporting a bobcat or marten for another person must have written authorization stating the following:

(a) date of kill;

(b) location of kill;

(c) species and sex of animal being transported;

(d) origin and destination of such transportation;

(e) the name, address, signature and furbearer license number of the fur harvester;

(f) the name of the individual transporting the bobcat or marten; and

(g) the fur harvester's marten permit number if marten is being transported.

(7) Green pelts of bobcats and marten legally taken from outside the state may not be possessed, bought, sold, traded, or bartered in Utah unless a permanent tag has been affixed or the pelts are accompanied by a shipping permit issued by the wildlife agency of the state where the animal was taken.

(8)(a) Fur harvesters taking marten are requested to present the entire skinned carcass intact, including the lower jaw, to the division in good condition when the pelt is presented for tagging.

(b) "Good condition" means the carcass is fresh or frozen and securely wrapped to prevent decomposition so that the tissue remains suitable for lab analysis.

 

R657-11-10. Traps.

(1) All long spring, jump, or coil spring traps must have spacers on the jaws which leave an opening of at least 3/16 of an inch when the jaws are closed, except;

(a) rubber-padded jaw traps,

(b) traps with jaw spreads less than 4.25 inches, and

(c) traps that are not completely submerged under water when set.

(2) All snares, except those set in water or with a loop size less than 3 inches in diameter, must be equipped with a breakaway lock device that will release when any force greater than 300 lbs. is applied to the loop. Breakaway snares must be fastened to an immovable object solidly secured to the ground. The use of drags is prohibited.

(3) On the middle section of the Provo River, between Jordanelle Dam and Deer Creek Reservoir, the Green River, between Flaming Gorge Dam and the Utah Colorado state line; and the Colorado River, between the Utah Colorado state line and Lake Powell; and the Escalante River, between Escalante and Lake Powell, trapping within 100 yards of either side of these rivers, includingtheir tributaries from the confluences upstream 1/2 mile, is restricted to the following devices:

(a) Nonlethal-set leg hold traps with a jaw spread less than 5 1/8 inches, and nonlethal-set padded leg hold traps. Drowning sets with these traps are prohibited.

(b) Body-gripping, killing-type traps with body-gripping area less than 30 square inches (i.e., 110 Conibear).

(c) Nonlethal dry land snares equipped with a stop-lock device that prevents it from closing to less than a six-inch diameter.

(d) Size 330, body-gripping, killing-type traps (i.e. Conibear) modified by replacing the standard V-trigger assembly with one top side parallel trigger assembly, with the trigger placed within one inch of the side, or butted against the vertical turn in the Canadian bend.

(4) A person may not disturb or remove any trapping device, except:

(a) a person who possesses a valid, current furbearer license, the appropriate permits or tags, and who has been issued a trapper registration number, which is permanently marked or affixed to the trapping device; or

(b) peace officers in the performance of their duties; or

(c) as provided in Subsection (6).

(5) A person may not kill or remove wildlife caught in any trapping device, except:

(a) a person who possesses a valid, current furbearer license, the appropriate permits or tags, and who has been issued a trapper registration number, which is permanently marked or affixed to the trapping device; or

(b) as provided in Subsection (6).

(6) For the purposes of this section, "owner" means the person who has been issued a trap registration number, which is permanently marked or affixed to the trapping device.

(7) A person, other than the owner, may possess, disturb or remove a trapping device; or possess, kill or remove wildlife caught in a trapping device provided:

(a) the person possesses a valid, current furbearer license, the appropriate permits or tags; and

(b) has obtained written authorization from the owner of the trapping device stating the following:

(i) date written authorization was obtained;

(ii) name and address of the owner;

(iii) owner's trap registration number;

(iv) the name of the individual being given authorization;

(v) signature of owner.

(8) The owner of any trapping device, providing written authorization to another person under Subsection (6), shall be strictly liable for any violations of this [proclamation]guidebook resulting from the use of the trapping device by the authorized person.

(9) The owner of any trapping device, providing written authorization to another person under Subsection (6), must keep a record of all persons obtaining written authorization and furnish a copy of the record upon request from a conservation officer.

(10)(a) A person may not set any trap or trapping device on posted private property without the landowner's permission.

(b) Any trap or trapping device set on posted property without the owner's permission may be sprung by the landowner.

(c) Wildlife officers should be informed as soon as possible of any illegally set traps or trapping devices.

(11) Peace officers in the performance of their duties may seize all traps, trapping devices, and wildlife used or held in violation of this rule.

(12) A person may not possess any trapping device that is not permanently marked or tagged with that person's registered trap number while engaged in taking wildlife.

(13) All traps and trapping devices must be checked and animals removed at least once every 48 hours, except;

(a) killing traps striking dorso-ventrally,

(b) drowning sets, and

(c) lethal snares that are set to capture on the neck, that have a nonrelaxing lock, without a stop, and are anchored to an immoveable object; which must be checked every 96 hours.

(14) A person may not transport or possess live protected wildlife. Any animal found in a trap or trapping device must be killed or released immediately by the trapper.

 

R657-11-26. Season Dates and Bag Limits.

Season dates, bag limits, and areas with special restrictions are published annually in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers.

 

R657-11-27. Applications for Trapping on State Waterfowl Management Areas.

(1)(a) Applications for trapping on state waterfowl management areas are available at the division's internet address, and must be completed and submitted online by the date prescribed in the respective [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board.

(i) Applicants submitting more than one application per calendar year will be rejected.

(b) Applicants must meet all age requirements, proof of hunter education and furharvester requirements, and youth restrictions as provided in Utah Code 23-19-24, 23-19-11 and 23-20-20.

(c) Applicants may select up to two WMA choices on the application.

(d) Hunt choices must be listed in order of preference.

(e) Up to three trappers may apply as a group for a single permit.

(f) A person who applies for or obtains a permit must notify the division of any change in mailing address, residency, telephone number, email address, and physical description.

(g) If the number of applications received for a WMA exceeds the number of permits available, a drawing will be held. This drawing will determine successful or unsuccessful applicants.

(i) each application will be assigned a computerized random drawing number.

(ii) a drawing order will be established by arranging applications beginning with the lowest random drawing number.

(iii) in sequence of the drawing order, the applicant's first selection will be considered. If a permit is not available for that selection, that applicant's second selection will be considered.

(iv) remaining permits will be offered to the alternate list beginning with the first eligible alternate.

(A) the alternate list is comprised of unsuccessful applicants.

(B) the alternate list is arranged in order beginning with the lowest drawing number.

(2) Permits, trapping dates and boundaries

(a) Open areas, trapping dates, allowable species, fees, and number of permits shall be determined by the waterfowl management area superintendent.

(b) Superintendents of waterfowl management areas offering more than one trapping permit will determine the trapping boundaries of each permit.

(c) Only the trapper or trappers listed on the permit may trap on the waterfowl management area.

(d) All trappers must trap under the supervision of the waterfowl management area superintendent. Permits are not valid until signed by the superintendent in charge of the area to be trapped.

(e) Violation of this section is cause for forfeiture of all trapping privileges on management areas for that trapping year.

(f) Applicants may be notified of drawing results by the date prescribed in the respective [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board.

 

R657-11-32. Closed Area.

Davis County - Trapping is allowed only on the dates published in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking furbearers, on those lands administered by the state lying along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, commonly known as the Layton-Kaysville marshes. In addition, there may be a portion of the above stated area that is closed to trapping. This area will be posted and marked.

 

KEY: wildlife, furbearers, game laws, wildlife law

Date of Enactment or Last substantive Amendment: [October 25, 2010]2011

Notice of Continuation: August 16, 2010

Authorizing, and Implementing or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18; 23-14-19; 23-13-17

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].