DES MOINES, Iowa — Furbearer season has begun in Iowa and Nebraska.

Iowa’s season opened Saturday, and biologist Vince Evelsizer says participation is expected to remain similar to last year, when about 14,500 furharvester licenses were sold. The season in Iowa runs through Jan. 31 and covers muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, beaver, mink, bobcats and otters.

In Nebraska, the season for most fur species began Wednesday and runs through the end of February. Those include muskrat, beaver, badger, mink, raccoon, long-tailed weasel and red fox. Hunting and trapping for bobcat begins Dec. 1 and ends Feb. 28.

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