2014 - 2015

Fur-bearing Animal Definitions

Fur-bearing Animals:

Badger, beaver, fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, otter, raccoon, ring-tailed cat,  skunk and civet cat (spotted skunk). Coyotes and Bobcats are not classed as fur-bearing animals and are not subject to these regulations; however, see Bobcat Pelt tagging requirements and Rabies Quarantine.
Department:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 
Carcass:
The body of a dead fur-bearing animal, with or without the hide attached.
Commercial Harvest:
The take of a fur-bearing animal under a trapping license during the season for commercial harvest.
Depredation:
Loss of, or damage to, agricultural crops, livestock, poultry, wildlife or personal property.
Finished Product:
The tanned pelt of a fur-bearing animal or any part of a fur-bearing animal (or its resulting products) that has been treated to prevent decomposition (by means other than refrigeration or freezing) and/or packaged for sale. A dried pelt is not a finished product.
Lawful Archery Equipment:
The longbow, recurved bow and compound bow.
Nuisance Fur-bearing Animal:
A fur-bearing animal that is depredating or a threat to human health or safety.
Trapper:
A person who takes a fur-bearing animal or the pelt of a fur-bearing animal.
Pelt:
The untanned, green or dried hide or skin of a fur-bearing animal, whether or not the hide or skin is attached to the carcass.
Recreational Harvest:
The take of a fur-bearing animal, whether or not the hide or skin is attached to the carcass.
Sale:
Includes barter and other transfers of ownership for consideration.
Take:
The act of snaring, trapping, shooting, killing or capturing by any means and includes an attempt to take.
Place of Business:
A place where fur-bearing animals or their pelts are sold, received, transported, possessed or purchased, and includes a vehicle used by a trapper, wholesale fur buyer and fur-bearing animal propagator.

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