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Minnesota’s deep snow conditions factor in lowest harvest of fishers and martens in years

Gary Leistico was among the trappers in the state who had to confront deep snow that hindered trapping efforts this year. Trapper numbers declined, too. (Photos courtesy of Gary Leistico)
The Minnesota DNR recently released its 2022-23 harvest report for trapping seasons. The fisher and marten harvest numbers both were in the low 200s, marking the lowest harvest since the trapping seasons were re-established in 1977 for fishers and 1985 for pine martens. Bobcat and otter harvests were low as well, which begs the question: Why were the numbers so low this season? Deep snow conditions did not help.
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