Furbearer Trapping


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department manages and regulates furbearer trapping. Game and Fish ensures that trapping activities are safe, efficient and practical. Trapping provides for recreational and economic opportunities of a renewable natural resource for Wyoming residents. Furbearing animals in Wyoming consist of badgers, beavers, bobcats, martens, mink, muskrats, and weasels.

“Regulated trapping can be an effective and ecologically sound practice of selectively taking furbearers. Regulated trapping in North America is consistent with internationally accepted principles of natural resource conservation stipulating the maintenance of essential ecological processes, preservation of genetic diversity, and the continued existence of species and ecosystems.” The Wildlife Society 2020 position statement


We need your help!


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department asks for your help in collecting data about our wildlife. Any captures you report are anonymous and very helpful. We are specifically interested in knowing the locations of the species below that you may have encountered while trapping.

Canada lynx


Least Weasel

River otter

Spotted Skunk

Swift fox



Trappers visit more remote locations than others and your sightings can help us manage wildlife populations, even those not classified as furbearers. For example, information from trappers was crucial in identifying both historic and recent locations for spotted skunks, the focus of at least two research projects through the University of Wyoming. This trapper-reported information helped determine survey locations, develop a predictive distribution map for the species in the state, and collect much needed genetic samples, none of which would have been possible without these reports.

Wildlife Reporting Form

Has your pet been caught in a trap?

You can report that directly to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department here. The Department is the regulatory agency for furbearer trapping in the state of Wyoming and would like to gather this information to better inform management and regulatory decisions. 

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