This video will impress upon you the importance of trapping in today's world in two minutes flat. Take the time to watch and appreciate modern trapping.
The Truth About Fur has released a short and solid defense and celebration of trapping. In today's high tech modern world it is sometimes assumed that this activity is no longer necessary or viable. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only was trapping vital to the growth of Canada and the United States in the early days of the formation of these two countries, it is also important today for several reasons. This video briefly touches upon some of those reasons.
In spite of the anti-trapping propaganda that seems to be an ever-present part of today's society, this outdoor pursuit is indeed a vital part of the outdoor conservation world. There are around 70,000 trappers running lines in Canada and more than 200,000 in the U.S..
As the video points out, trappers perform a necessary task in keeping furbearer populations in check and sustainable. In many places overpopulation of animals like beavers and coyotes present real problems to maintaining a balanced ecosystem.
Gone are the days when nature could maintain that balance itself. Large, expansive tracts of land exist in far fewer spots and overpopulation of some animals is a real issue. Trappers help tremendously in this area.
While the basics of trapping have remained much the same for hundreds of years (animal location, behavioral study, knowledge of the woods and the wildlife that lives there) trapping is also consistently improving insofar as more humane methods and technologies are concerned.
Trapping is a wholesome and natural endeavor that produces a natural and renewable resource as its final product: furs. But even though furs are the most obvious product of the sport, there are other benefits as well, including, for example, the use of other animal byproducts used to feed furbearers raised in fur farms.
And finally, the fur industry employs not only the trappers themselves, but also hundreds of thousands of designers, craftsmen, sellers, manufacturers and other side industries, adding significantly to the economy.
Yes, trapping is not just a modest pastime, it is an important part of the culture and economy of North America, and keeps us intimately connected to the circle of life that is our planet's natural system.
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