fur·​bear·​er ˈfər-ˌber-ər How to pronounce furbearer (audio)
: an animal that bears fur especially of a commercially desired quality

Examples of furbearer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike many dry-land furbearers, beaver fur tends to remain healthy and usable year-round. Joseph Biebert, Outdoor Life, 3 Apr. 2023 Trapping is the most efficient and effective method to control and manage furbearer populations, and that’s especially true with beavers. Joseph Biebert, Outdoor Life, 3 Apr. 2023 The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife supports the town's plan to eliminate the coyotes, said Dave Wattles, the black bear and furbearer project leader with the division. Patrick Whittle, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2022 There are not a lot of things that would better take one back to the basics of life than trapping a furbearer and making outerwear garments from it. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021 John Erb, a longtime DNR furbearer research scientist in Grand Rapids, led the agency's long-term fisher study and is assisting Joyce. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 That includes all game animals, birds and furbearers, including bear, beaver, coyote, deer, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, nutria, fox, mountain lion, groundhog, bobcat, Red Wolf, feral swine, and alligator. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 15 Jan. 2020 Boggess started his job as manager of the DNR’s furbearer program in April 1982, just as the raccoon dog crisis was heating up. John Myers, Twin Cities, 23 Oct. 2019 Today, Wisconsin is home to a robust population of bobcats, said Nathan Roberts, furbearer research scientist with the Department of Natural Resources. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of furbearer was in 1875

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“Furbearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furbearer. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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fur·​bear·​er ˈfər-ˌbar-ər How to pronounce furbearer (audio)
: an animal that bears fur
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