The Raccoon is yellowish brown with a gray and black wash. It has a bushy tail that consist of black rings and a face that has a black face mask that make it look like a bandit. The adult Raccoon overall length can range from 24"-36" and can weigh 10-25 lbs. Raccoons will mate February through late March. Female Raccoons can have a litter of 3-5 cubs.
Red Fox Trapping - Beginning trappers are usually surprised to discover that the fox is one of the most commonly trapped animals throughout North America. There is a breed of fox in every region and foxes are adept at living in the city, suburb, or country. The fox's reputation as a cunning and sly hunter appears exaggerated to the experienced trapper, who sees them as one of the easier animals to lure into a trap. Their status as a predator and value of their pelts make them one of the trapper's most highly regarded targets.
The Bobcats is a stealthy predator, that could be brown, reddish brown, or gray in color. The underbelly is white with black spots. The bobcat's short tail has a black tip with the underside being white. Another eye catching feature on the bobcat is it's tufted ears. The bobcats overall length can range from 32"-40" with a 4"-6" tail. The weight of an adult bobcat can range from 11-30 lbs.
The skunk is of the weasel family, and is found throughout the US and the southern Canada. A full grown skunk will average 30 inches from nose to the tip of the tail. The color is a glossy black with a white V-shaped stripe extending from the top of the head to about half the length of the back. Sometimes the stripe is quite broad and extends the length of the body. Others may be missing the stripe completely. A Pacific coast variety has a single white stripe the entire length of the back.
The mink is a small carnivore, that is in the weasel family. The mink is a long and slender with a small head and short legs. Its bushy tail is about eight inches long and is quite bushy. The mink fur is thick, yet fine and glossy. The color varies from a light brown to almost black. Mating season will begin in late February to early March and lasts 3-5 weeks. Mink will usually give birth in late April.
The Martin is another species listed in the Weasel family. In North America we are lucky to have the Pine Marten in some abundance. The pine marten is found in many parts of Canada and Alaska. You will also find them in the northern Rocky Mountains, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.