Who are poachers? Poachers often work at night, because beaver are easy to shoot. If you hear shooting at night, near water, they are most likely poaching beavers.
Who should you call? If you are in Region V, in the Pocatello area or the Portneuf River Watershed, call Idaho Fish and Game's Merritt Horseman, 208-251-4509 or the main office at 208-232-4703. Do not put yourself in danger and do not confront the individuals involved. Collect license plates, recordings, time and location of shooting / poaching. Timeliness is critical but do not put yourself in harm's way.
Poachers may also be hired by irrigators who (wrongfully) think that beaver are keeping them from getting their allotted flow. These poachers may or may not be licensed trappers. Some may be getting as much as $200 per animal poached. Often the beavers are wasted, meaning the fur is not used. This often occurs outside of regular trapping season.
While much publicity is given to poachers of big game like deer, elk and moose, never has their been a case of a beaver poach being placed in the newspaper (we hope to change that).
We don't know if any fines have been levied or trapping privileges revoked for a beaver poacher, but we cannot find any.
For legal, regular season trappers, there is no limit on the number of beaver a single trapper can take. He can also work with "helpers". These helpers, however, must be licensed. (at this point) advocate changing the trapping regulations. However, we do want existing laws enforced.
Poaching! Is and will continue to be our largest challenge. We need YOU to help us document poaching as you see it. Even beaver that may appear to be road kills may be victims of poaching. We cannot help beaver without your help.
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