Florida Hunter Safety Course

 

Furbearers

Otter

Otter

The otter has dark brown fur, often with golden gloss on its head and shoulders. The tail is thick and tapering toward the tip. The hind feet of the otter are webbed. Its diet consists mainly of crayfish, frogs and fish. Florida has a limited season for taking otter.

 

Raccoon

Raccoon

The raccoon is usually gray with a black mask and ringed tail. It eats almost anything and lives just about anywhere. The raccoon does not have to wash its food. Its main diet consists of crayfish, bird eggs, vegetables and fruits. They are nocturnal animals. In the south, the raccoon is the largest carrier of rabies. It is illegal to feed raccoons in Florida.

 

Opossum

Opossum

The opossum is our only native marsupial or pouched animal. It can bear litters of up to 14 young. It is the only North American land mammal with 50 teeth. It has a long scaly tail with no hair. If frightened, the opossum will play dead. Night hunting for raccoons and opossums is permitted year round with dogs and with .22 caliber rimfire firearms, other than .22 magnum, or a single-shot, 410 shotgun using shot no larger than #6. The firearm may not be loaded except immediately prior to shooting treed or bayed raccoons or opossums.

 

Source: FWC Hunter Education Program


 
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