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Otter Trapping Season Reaches Quota, Closes Early
Updated March 11, 2016 6:13 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has closed the river otter trapping season after reaching the statewide quota.

The season was scheduled to run from Nov. 15 - March 15, or until the quota of 600 river otter had been reached.

The framework of Indiana's river otter season was carefully designed to limit the total harvest. Databases and reporting mechanisms allowed for hourly monitoring of the total season harvest.

In addition to the quota, DNR regulations required that successful trappers register their otter within 24 hours. Regulations also required tagging of each pelt at a river otter check station or by authorized DNR personnel.

"Early review of the season results suggests the 2015-16 harvest season was a success," said Dawn Slack, wildlife science supervisor with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. "We will closely review the data collected during this first season and use it to guide future management decisions."

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