We have added this instruction page for those of you who do not know where or why to have a CITES tag attached to a river otter or bobcat. We hope this helps.
In Oklahoma, you have 10 working days after the close of season to get your river otter or bobcat tagged with a permanently affixed CITES tag. The Tag number should be included on your holdover permit if you do not dispose of your specimen within those 10 working days.
What is CITES?
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Since River Otter and Bobcat are listed in the CITES agreement and are the two CITES mammals found in Oklahoma, we will show and explain where and why to make the “cuts” for proper tag placement.
STEP 1: Using a sharp knife, start the cut for tag placement either behind the bottom of either eyelid down toward the gum line, or up through the gum line to the eye socket. (We recommend down from behind the eyelid to the gum line to prevent cutting open the eyelid or damaging the hide.)
STEP 2: Next insert a #2 Phillips tip screwdriver through the opening made when cutting, from the entrance through the exit.
STEP 3: If you are going to freeze your specimen before getting it tagged, then use a clear soda fountain straw or similar object and push it onto the screwdriver. (We recommend the clear soda straw for a 32oz soda or larger because the CITES tag will go through the straw at a later time.)
STEP 4: Remove the screwdriver after you have inserted the soda straw completely through the tag cut from the eyelid through the gum line. (Now you can freeze your specimen for tagging at a later date and the CITES tag will slide through the straw to be permanently affixed.)
STEP 5: If frozen, slide the CITES tag into the straw until it clears the cut entrance and exit. Then pull the straw free of the CITES tag.
STEP 6: once the CITES tag is clear of the straw, close the tag by inserting the male end into the female end of the tag until a “click” is heard. Once the “click” is heard, pull on the CITES tag to ensure it does not come loose. If it does not come loose, it is permanently affixed.
The bobcat is tagged in the same manner at the river otter, with one exception. That being the “third” eyelid that felines and some other species have. Proper tagging of the bobcat will require the incisions or tag cuts made BEHIND the “third” or “white interior” eyelid. The cut needs to be made behind this eyelid a,d down through the gum line, in case the specimen is going to a taxidermist, who will nee the “third” eyelid IN-TACT in order to make a proper lifelike mount out of your cat. ALL OTHER steps for permanently affixing a CITES tag to a bobcat are the same as those for the river otter above.
The FTO would like to thank you for visiting us and we hope this instruction has helped you. The FTO IS NOT responsible for ANY damages or injuries made or received by any party or individual while following these instructions. The images shown for instruction are those of a legally harvested river otter and bobcat in the 2017 – 2018 trapping season. Thank you.