Organizations: Hunting and Trapping Wild Furbearers
These organizations address hunting and trapping of wild furbearers
through trapping standards, policies, regulations and educational
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (Diseases From Wildlife)
In most of the United States, it is against the law for
you to own any wild animals without a permit. However, people
sometimes come into contact with these animals. Like other
animals, wild animals can get diseases. Some of these diseases,
called zoonoses, can cause illness in people. Visit this site
to learn about wildlife diseases that can affect humans.
This includes a media clearinghouse of publications, Outdoor
Illinois magazine and various regulations booklets.
ITA’s goal is to conserve and maintain an adequate supply
of indigenous furbearing animals and to promote trapping in
the state of Illinois.
Hunter Education Association
IHEA’s mission is to provide leadership and establish standards
to help hunters be safe, responsible and knowledgeable.
NTA promotes sound conservation, legislation and administrative
procedures; supports sound environmental education programs;
and promotes a continued annual fur harvest using the best
Furtakers of America - Illinois Chapters
Furbearer Resources Technical Committee
Six Furtakers of America chapters in Illinois provide
information about trapping and educational programs for
This website represents the Northeast Furbearer Resources
Technical Committee, a coalition of professional biologists
from the northeastern U.S. and Canadian provinces, committed
to the study and responsible management of furbearer species.
The Wildlife Society is an international scientific and education
organization for professionals and students engaged in wildlife
research, management, education and administration.
Kennel Club: Coonhounds
Learn more about coonhounds through UKC's official website.
Organizations: Domestic Furbearer Farming
These organizations address domestic furbearer farming,
in addition to wild furbearer trapping. Domestic furbearer
farming is considered an agricultural practice -- much like
raising cattle, swine or chickens. Policies and regulations
governing furbearer farming fall under state and federal departments
of agriculture. With minor exceptions, furbearer farming is
not addressed by Illinois DNR's policies and regulations.
Domestic furbearers are not like their wild cousins: They
are bred and raised specifically for the quality of their
fur. Domestic furbearers are subspecies of their wild kin
and lack skills and instincts to survive in natural habitats.
Represents 420 mink-farming families on 330 farms in 28 states.
Our volunteer board and committees work to ensure superior
standards of animal husbandry through our own certification
program, and to educate the public about responsible fur farming
and the merits of fur.
Council of America
FICA provides information and guidance on fur industry
developments; researches market trends and consumer habits,
tracks and reports sales and price points; identifies issues
of common concern; and represents the fur industry in dealings
with the press, the public sector, other industries, as well
as state and federal governments. FICA monitors legislative
initiatives and judicial actions that have direct impact on
the fur industry.
In 1983, the Fur Institute of Canada was established on the
initiative of Canada's federal, provincial and territorial
wildlife ministers to pursue the work of the
Federal-Provincial Committee for Humane Trapping. The overall
mission of the Fur Institute of Canada is to promote the
sustainable and wise use of Canada's fur resources.
Hunting and Trapping Furbearers
Bobcats, once rare in Illinois, now live throughout the state.
Photo by Cooperative Wildlife
Research Lab at Southern Illinois Universaity
A year-round hunting season
allows people to remove nuisance skunks without a permit. Check with
Illinois DNR on rules and regulations.
Photo by Illinois DNR