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Annual fur auction scheduled April 26

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s annual fur sale is set for Saturday, April 26, at the Idaho Fish and Game Upper Snake Region office in Idaho Falls.

Auction items include furs, whole carcasses, antlers, skulls and other items seized as evidence or salvaged. All carcasses are considered unfit for human consumption and are sold for use of the non-edible portions only. Elk, deer and moose antlers may be sold as small bundles by weight or as single sets attached to skull plates. Items may be viewed beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the live auction beginning at 10 a.m. The sale will be conducted at 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, by Prime Time Auctions Inc.

A taxidermist-furbuyer license is required in advance to bid on bear parts, mountain lion parts or any furbearer for anyone in the business of buying and selling hides or animal mounts. Buyers for personal use are not required to have a taxidermist-furbuyer license. Resident licenses are $40 for one year, and nonresident licenses are $170. The licenses can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office. Fish and Game will accept only cash, cashier's check or personal check. No credit card service will be available.

Nonresident purchasers should be aware that their state may not allow import of some species’ hides. Be sure to check state regulations before purchasing these items.

Purchasing an animal one killed would be considered an illegal purchase of wildlife.

Contact the Upper Snake Region Fish and Game office at 525-7290 for details.

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