A tribute to trapping

December 11, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Nowhere are the declining numbers of outdoors enthusiasts more obvious than in the ranks of trappers.

There are precious few people who trap any more. It’s too hard. It’s too cold. And it’s definitely not politically correct.

But none of that matters to Ottawa Times columnist Fred Krause, who writes often about trapping.

In so doing, he frequently points out the service trappers provide to society.

“For example, it helps to keep wildlife populations at acceptable levels, prevents property damage and manufactures many goods for human use. While all of these things are fine reasons for trapping support, its future depends on first impressions and perceptions of all trappers.

Trapping is highly regulated. Laws are enforced by specially trained conservation police officers. Laws that pertain to trapping help to protect many species from becoming endangered. It also improves animal welfare by limiting trapping to times of year when furs are marketable and young are no longer dependent on their mothers. Laws also monitor harvests to make sure no species is overtrapped. Other laws that pertain to trappers: they are required to check traps every day and every trapping device be tagged with his name and address.

In my trapping world nothing gets wasted. The animal’s carcass is used for food at a zoo near here or a farmer picks it up for fertilizer. The hides are scraped clean and dried for market in such a way that the fur buyers only have to bundle and ship them to the tannery.”

Click here to read Krause’s entire column. And check back often if you like what you read.