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.


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.

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