The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has closed the river otter trapping season after reaching its statewide quota.
The season was scheduled to run from Nov. 15 to March 15, or until the quota of 600 river otters was reached.
The framework of Indiana's river otter season was carefully designed to limit the total harvest. Databases and reporting mechanisms allow for close monitoring of the total season harvest.
DNR regulations require that successful trappers register their otter within 24 hours. Regulations also require tagging of each pelt at a river otter check station or by authorized DNR workers.
“Licensed trappers had a successful 2020-21 limited river otter trapping season,” said Geriann Albers, furbearer biologist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “While the season has closed, DNR is continuing to collect data from legally trapped river otter to help guide future management decisions.”
Celebrate World Wetlands Day
Conservationists around the globe will celebrate World Wetlands Day on Tuesday to recognize the importance of these ecosystems to people, wildlife and the planet.
World Wetlands Day 2021 focuses on wetlands as a source of fresh water and encourages wetland restoration and preservation.
WWD marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on Feb. 2, 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. Each year since 1997, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations and citizens representing all segments of society have used this date to raise public awareness of wetland values.
“World Wetlands Day is an annual opportunity to make people aware of the threats wetlands face and how they are important to wildlife and people,” Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop said in a statement. “At Ducks Unlimited, we work for North America's wetlands every day of the year. Without the support of great, conservation-minded partners our work would certainly be limited.”