Every two years, Idaho Fish and Game takes comments on the upcoming trapping season. These comments are for all furbearers such as otters, fishers, marten, lynx, bobcats and beavers. While we are not an anti-trapping organization per se , we are very interested in beavers because....watershed. The proposed regulations are shown below and they propose changes in numbers, methodologies, or locations of beaver trapping should occur. You can see our opinion below the "Trappers' Agenda" and base your comments on those....as always, it's best to write your own words, stories, etc. You don't need long comments! The link for comments is here:
By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist Monday, November 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM MST People can submit comments online, through the mail, or at open houses around the stateThe Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the 2020 and 2021 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons.Proposed changes to seasons include:
Season proposals are available for review and comment on the Fish and Game website at http://idfg.idaho.gov/comment. Furbearer and upland game proposals are split, with upland game proposals listed by region.Interested individuals may also provide comments by attending one of several open houses where they can view the proposals and speak directly with local biologists. Open houses currently scheduled include:Cambridge: Monday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cambridge Community Library, 120 Superior St., 208-634-8137Jerome: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MST), Magic Valley Region office, 324 South 417 East, 208-324-4359Ponderay: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PST), Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall, Suite E, 208-769-1414.Lewiston: Monday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST), Clearwater Region office, 3316 16th St., 208-799-5010Nampa: Monday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MST), Southwest Region office, 15950 N. Gate Blvd, 208-465-8465Idaho Falls: Monday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (MST), Upper Snake Region office, 4279 Commerce Circle, 208-525-7290
Pocatello: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST), Southeast Region office, 1345 Barton Road, 208-232-4703.
Coeur d’ Alene: Thursday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PST), Panhandle Region office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., 208-769-1414.Salmon: Thursday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) Salmon Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North. (208) 756-2271. (Note: This open house will also be an opportunity to comment on Fish and Game's proposed moose plan, which will be released in December.)Other meetings will be added to the list as they are scheduled. If a meeting is not listed in your area, visit the nearest Fish and Game office where copies of the proposed seasons and comment forms are available.Written comments may also be mailed to "2020 & 2021 Upland Game Comments, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707." Comments can be submitted through Wednesday, December 13.All comments received will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration before seasons are set at the January 23, 2020 meeting in Boise.Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and RulesUpland Game HuntingIdaho Seasons and RulesPanhandle RegionClearwater RegionSouthwest RegionMagic Valley RegionSoutheast RegionUpper Snake RegionSalmon Region
Our primary Watersheds of Concern (WOCs) are Mink Creek in Bannock County, Toponce Creek in Caribou County, Eightmile Creek in Bear Lake County, Dempsey Creek in Bannock County and Jackson Creek in Bannock County.
In 2016, then IF&G director Mark Gamblin made a committment that his office would report and track the number and location of depredation trapping in various streams. We have requested this information as well as the regular trapping season reports MONTHS ago, and have yet to see a report. How can the public be expected to make reasonable assessments of beaver populations without this data? Depredation data must be made available BEFORE the beginning of trapping season and regular season trapping report data should be made within a reasonable time after the close of the season.
It is our understanding that Idaho Fish and Game has spent a considerable sum of money on both GIS software for identifying beaver habitat suitable for re-introduction and construction of BDAs. While we applaud IF&Gs apparent interest in addressing conflict issues with the relocation site identification, it must be understood that GIS information is time - sensitive. I cannot be put on the shelf. Relocation sites must be identified NOW as part of the first step in implementing a complete re-introduction program. To the extent that BDAs support this goal, we support IF&G's investment in these structures. To the extent that they are subsidizing grazing or irrigation storage deficiencies, we do not. Please use the BDAs as a precursor to introducing beaver.
Due to milder winters and greater access provided by high-powered snow machines and GPS technology, we do not support extending the trapping season....AT ALL. Instead, we advocate that the trapping season be shortened by two weeks on either end of the season from the current (2018-2019) rules.
The current trapping reports require only that the county in which beaver are trapped be entered on the reports. From a game management perspective, this is nearly useless. Other states such as New Mexico, Nevada and Washington require that the stream on which the beaver are trapped be recorded. This is not rocket science. Record the stream.
We appreciate the work that Idaho Fish and Game Region VIII has done to improve the management of beaver in the region. However, in terms of a long-term strategy it falls short. Fisheries suffer, wildlife suffers, water quality suffers and water supply suffers. These are not expensive solutions. With ink in your pen, you can make massive improvements to our watershed for generations. We hope you can find your way to consider our oppinions on the management of beaver in our watershed.