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Dave Keller with his last-morning black otter.

furtakers from outside the WMUs, including two trappers from New Jersey.
"Our preliminary harvest results
show male otters made up the majority
of the take," Hardisky said. "That was
by design. Males are more active than
females, especially in February. We
timed this season to avoid the possibility
of taking females rearing young."
Although weather helped reduce the
overall otter harvest, it seems likely, too,
many of the 1,047 people (12 nonresidents) who bought permits ahead of the
season didn't set for otters.
"We believe a large proportion of
the folks who bought permits didn't
attempt to trap otters," Hardisky said. "A
post-season permit-holder survey will
be used to sort out how many trappers
participated in the season."
Factors that could have influenced
participation include the weather; a
change of plans right before season;
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purchase of the permit as a collectible;
purchase of a permit to support the
season; illness; or a change of work
schedule.
Hardisky was quick to note, though,
that trap restrictions limited trapper
success, too. All trappers were limited
to using no more than five traps, two of
which could be body-grippers.
Body-gripping traps, he said, are
extremely efficient at taking otters.
Hardisky also tipped his hat to the
furbearer.
Otters, he said, are anything but typical when compared to other furbearers.
"Otters travel different circuits each
night and those routes might not be
repeated for several days," Hardisky
explained. "So, if sets are pulled too
soon, because of weather, or the trapper's stay is only a couple of days, it
definitely can become tougher to be
successful."
Pike County led the state with a
harvest of 12 otters. It was followed
by Wayne with 8. A breakdown of
remaining counties is: Susquehanna, 7;
Monroe, 6; Lackawanna, 4; Luzerne, 3;
Bradford, 3; Carbon, 2 and Wyoming, 1.
By WMU, the harvest was WMU 3D,
31; and WMU 3C, 15.
One foregone conclusion already
generated from the recently concluded
otter season is that there likely will not
be season extensions next year.
"Based on trapping effort and success, a seven-night trapping season is
a reasonable season length for next
season's staff recommendation to
the Board of Game Commissioners,"
Hardisky said. "Once we have learned
more about harvest impacts on otters, it's
likely we'll recommend adjustments to
the season and possibly regulations. But
that's down the road."



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