Learn more about fur trade in Illinois

Beaver - a common Illinois furbearing mammal in the past and today

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.

Learn more about Illinois furbearers at the link below.  You will find lots of photos and information to use for class reports.

Fur Hunting and Trapping in Illinois Web site >>

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Wild Illinois History is presented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.