LOCAL FOOTBALL SCORING UPDATES PRESENTED BY THE HUNGRY HOBO:

500 otters trapped so far in Illinois season


Share
Originally Posted Online: Jan. 04, 2013, 9:38 am
Last Updated: Jan. 04, 2013, 2:02 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At least 500 otters have been caught so far in Illinois' first river otter trapping season since 1929, and authorities say the prime weeks are still ahead.

Bob Bluett of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says 500 trapped otters have been registered with the season less than half over. Illinois' season began in November, and it closes statewide March 31.

"A harvest of 2,000 statewide would put us in good shape," Mike Gragert, president of the Illinois Trappers Association, told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. "I think we'll harvest that many, but it depends on the weather."

Trappers are required to check their traps once a day, and experts say they may pull their sets if the weather gets bad.

"With all the snow in southern Illinois, it put a damper on a lot of fur trapping, period," Gragert said.

Because of habitat loss and unregulated trapping, otters were scarce in Illinois until their reintroduction in the mid-1990s. Their population has since boomed — growing to an estimated 11,000 by 2009. That number is expected to surpass 30,000 by 2014, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Trappers report that they're finding an abundance of otters, according to Carroll Williams, vice president of the Illinois Trappers Association.

"I've talked to several trappers who are having a successful season," Williams said. "I've talked to one guy who has caught three, one guy who caught five (the limit for a season), and I've got two."
















 



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.






(More History)