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  Illinois Furbearer Guide: What Is a Furbearer? 

Furbearer is the name given to mammals that traditionally have been hunted and trapped primarily for fur. There are 14 species of furbearers in Illinois, although only 12 species may be legally hunted and/or trapped.

Furbearers that are legally harvested for human use are always common and abundant.

Not all kinds of furbearers are hunted and trapped in every state. Furbearers plentiful in one state might be scarce in another, due to habitat losses or other reasons.

List of Illinois furbearers
Click on furbearers to learn more about them!
 
badger
Badger
beaver
Beaver
bobcat
Bobcat*
coyote
Coyote
gray fox
Gray Fox
least weasel
Least Weasel
long-tailed weasel
Long-tailed Weasel
mink
Mink
muskrat
Muskrat
opossum
Opossum
raccoon
Raccoon
red fox
Red Fox
  river otter
River Otter
striped skunk
Striped Skunk
 

*This species is a protected furbearer in Illinois; hunting and trapping are not allowed.

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