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Bash those “lowly” trappers, at your own peril.

Bash those “lowly” trappers, at your own peril.

Take a look at recent headlines across the country. In the wake of a reported “decline” in hunting and trapping activities, one need not wait long to catch a report of nuisance wildlife issues, disease outbreaks, or worse yet - attacks on people. Hey, maybe it’s all just a conspiracy put out by the “fur industry”. Or maybe it’s time critics of trapping start reformulating their arguments.

Raw Predators: A Bear-Eat-Bear World.

Raw Predators: A Bear-Eat-Bear World.

Nature’s raw fury: A grizzly bear in Alberta locates and tears open a black bear den; attacks female bear with cubs. Warning: Potentially graphic content.

Discussion: A Right To Hunt?

Discussion: A Right To Hunt?

Today, most of our human society "hunts" in the frozen food aisle rather than the woods. The food comes to us, instead of us "killing" the food. Personally, "killed by mine own hand" trumps "USDA choice".

Rattus deathicus: America's War on Invasive Nutria

Rattus deathicus: America's War on Invasive Nutria

Some states have accepted the fact that they have small pockets of “feral” nutria populations, and have created regulated trapping seasons to manage those populations. Other states, however, have launched all out war on the little buggers. So where did nutria come from? And why aren’t we simply “co-existing” with this furry little invader?

Nuisance Wildlife & Non-lethal Alternatives

Nuisance Wildlife & Non-lethal Alternatives

For all the time I spend in the back-country pursuing fur-bearer species for pelts and sustenance, I spend even more time the rest of the year educating clients and landowners as to all the options available for dealing with "pest" wildlife issues. Its time to discuss some other aspects of being a knowledgeable and skilled trapper. Aspects which sometimes don't involve any traps at all.