Iowa’s Furbearer Harvest Season Opens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Iowa’s furbearer harvest season opens this weekend, and officials expect trappers and hunters to have a good start.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a survey confirms larger populations for furbearing animals, including raccoons.

Officials say there are few isolated places where disease, such as distemper and manage, has suppressed the numbers.

The season starts Saturday.

Bobcat season is in the southern three tiers of The department has added 10 counties for bobcats — Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington and Louisa. The bobcat quota has increased from 200 to 250.

The river otter quota remains the same, at 500 otters and is open statewide.

Trappers and hunters must report all otters and bobcats harvested within 24 hours.


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