Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-170-20. Game: Otter. Open season for trapping; season bag limit west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Summary

The proposal is to increase the season bag limit in all counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains from two to four otters per trapper.

Text of Regulation

Rationale

River otter populations continue to increase and expand their distribution in counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Data collected from otter carcasses submitted by trappers during a 5-year period from 2006 through 2011 suggest that otter populations in western Virginia are healthy and very productive. Trappers in western Virginia have requested an increase in the season bag limit. The proposed change is expected to have no significant impacts on otter populations west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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