In the winter of 1986/87, approximately 6000 trappers in British Columbia harvested wild fur pelts with a total value approaching 6 million dollars. This economic activity provides important supplementary income for many residents, and is the main source of income of some northerners. Steadily increasing harvest pressure stimulated by recent increases in pelt value, together with continuing impacts on furbearer habitat caused by logging and other factors, indicate a need for more sophisticated and intensive management if present harveste levels are to be maintained and possibly increased.
Blood, D. and Associates. 1988. Research Priorities for Furbearers in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment and Parks. Wildlife Working Report. WR32
Keywords: trapper, furbearer, fur pelts
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