§ 20-16-1 Fur-bearers protected. (a) No person shall hunt, pursue, shoot, or trap, or attempt so to do, the following fur-bearing mammals in this state, except in accordance with rules and regulations governing seasons, bag limits, and methods of taking adopted by the director pursuant to § 20-1-12.
(b) For the purposes of this chapter, "fur-bearers" shall be considered to include:
(1) Carnivores (Order Carnivora )
(i) Family Canidae, genus Canis (coyote); genus Urocyon (gray fox); genus Vulpes (red fox).
(ii) Family Procyonidae, genus Procyon (raccoon).
(iii) Family Mustelidae, genus Martes (fisher); genus Mustela, M. erminea (ermine), M. frenata (longtailed weasel), M. vison (mink), genus Mephitis (striped skunk), genus Lutra (river otter).
(iv) Family Felidae, genus Lynx (bobcat).
(2) Rodents (Order Rodentia )
(i) Family Castoridae, genus Castor (beaver).
(ii) Family Sciuridae, genus Sciurus (gray squirrel).
(iii) Family Cricetidae, genus Ondatra (muskrat).
(3) Marsupials (Order Marsupialia ): Family Didelphidae, genus Didelphis (opossum).
(4) Rabbits and hares (Order Lagomorpha ): Family Leporidae,
genus Sylvilagus (Eastern and New England cottontail), genus Lepus (snowshoe
(P.L. 1981, ch. 197, § 3.)