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Big Thicket National Preserve will be issuing 21 permits
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KOUNTZE, Texas — Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced today that Big Thicket National Preserve will be issuing 21 fur-bearer trapping permits for the 2018-19 fur-bearer trapping season, Dec. 1, 2018-Feb. 31, 2019. Fur-bearing animals include the following species: badger, beaver, fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, otter, raccoon, ring-tailed cat, skunk and civet cat (spotted skunk). Please note the following are not considered fur-bearing animals: coyotes, bobcats, and feral hogs. Limited permits will be available for designated trapping areas: Beaumont Unit 4, Jack Gore Baygall Unit 7, Lance Rosier Unit 7, and Neches Bottom Unit 3.

Fur-bearer trapping permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis from Nov. 1, 2018, until Nov. 30, 2018, at the preserve headquarters. The headquarters building is located adjacent to the preserve visitor center, 8 miles north of Kountze at the intersection of FM 420 and Highway 69, and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Permits will be issued by appointment only. Appointments may be made by telephone at 409-951-6823.

Everyone who traps fur-bearing animals in Big Thicket National Preserve must have a Big Thicket fur-bearer trapping permit. All trappers, of any age, wishing to trap fur-bearing animals must apply in-person and may trap in only one unit. You must show your current Texas Trapping License to obtain a Big Thicket fur-bearer trapping permit. Trappers must show the locations of their trap-lines on a map provided by preserve staff.

Be advised that trappers who failed to return their harvest cards for the 2017/2018 season will not be eligible to trap fur-bearing animals in Big Thicket National Preserve during the 2018/19 fur-bearer trapping season. The deadline for returning the fur-bearer trapping harvest cards after the 2018/2019 season will be April 1, 2019. There will be no grace period.

Big Thicket National Preserve is located in Southeast Texas, near the city of Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.

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