More Idahoans get trapping licenses as fur prices soar

Pelt collections haven't risen at the same time, however, because new trappers often lack the skills they need.Many new trappers aren't very good.

FOR BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIOMarch 28, 2014 

Four years ago, a bobcat pelt sold for about $200. Now, that same fur can be sold for almost $2,000. Higher prices come from a rise in demand for fur in Asia, and that has led to more trappers in the field in Idaho.

Patrick Carney, president of the Idaho Trappers Association, gets calls almost daily from folks who want advice on how to get into commercial trapping.

On a recent day just west of Eagle, Carney set beaver traps in a neighborhood pond.

Hear the original Boise State Public Radio story here.

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service