Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania Fur Auction Results: January 2015

Indiana Fur Auction Results

The Indiana State Trappers Association held a fur auction on January 10, 2015.

Below are some highlights from the auction:

Beaver – $9.65 – $11.00 average, with 43 sold.

Wild Mink$7.28 – $11.21 average, with 16 sold.

Red Fox$20.55 average, with 11 sold.

Gray Fox – $15.75 average, with 32 sold.

Raccoon – $2.02 – $12.71 average, with 498 sold.

Coyote$5.97 – $8.09 average, with 67 sold.

Muskrat – $2.87 – $5.94 average, with 871 sold.

Opossum – $0.58 average, with 12 sold.

Bobcat – $17.50 average, with 13 sold.

Click here to view the full Indiana State Trappers Association January 2015 Fur Auction Results.

Ohio Fur Auction Results

The Ohio State Trappers Association held a fur auction on January 10, 2015.

Below are some highlights from the auction:

Beaver – $6.65 average with 5 sold.

Wild Mink$7.17 average, with 68 sold.

Red Fox$19.26 average, with 27 sold.

Raccoon – $6.88 average, with 1313 sold.

Coyote$12.20 average, with 27 sold.

Muskrat – $6.14  average, with 886 sold.

Opossum – $2.40 average, with 46 sold.

Skunk – $2.88 average, with 2 sold.

Click here to view the full Ohio State Trappers Association January 2015 Fur Auction Results.


Pennsylvania Fur Auction Results

The Pennsylvania Trappers Association held a fur auction on January 10, 2015.

Below are some highlights from the auction:

Wild Mink$7.64 – $12.63 average, with 115 sold.

Red Fox$23.01 average, with 818 sold.

Gray Fox – $15.21 average, with 12 sold.

Raccoon – $9.33 average, with 961 sold.

Coyote$22.59 average, with 28 sold.

Muskrat – $5.44 average, with 491 sold.

Opossum – $2.12 average, with 213 sold.

Bobcat – $52.00 average, with 7 sold.

Click here to view the full Pennsylvania Trappers Association January 2015 Fur Auction Results.

West Virginia Fur Auction Results – January 2015

The West Virginia Trappers Association held a fur auction on January 11, 2015.

Below are some highlights from the auction:

Wild Mink$10.00 average, with 12 sold.

Red Fox$19.55 average, with 66 sold.

Gray Fox – $18.21 average, with 26 sold.

Raccoon – $5.15 average, with 297 sold.

Coyote$14.61 average, with 40 sold.

Muskrat – $5.43 average, with 106 sold.

Opossum – $1.24 average, with 59 sold.

Bobcat – $56.69 average, with 24 sold.

Otter – $41.67 average, with 3 sold.

Click here to view the full West Virginia Trappers Association January 2015 Fur Auction Results.

NAFA’s January 14, 2014 Fur Market Update

nafa_bannerHere’s the latest from North American Fur Auctions on the current state of the fur market.  In short, expect the continued depressed market that we predicted earlier for most items except for coyote, red fox and a few other items used for trim.

Wild Fur Market Update

January 14, 2015

Our wild fur market needs to be split into three categories: the Trimming market; the Asian market and the Russian market.

Trimming Market
The fashion industry has not only embraced fur as trim on down and textile jackets, but also in the accessory business, with strips of fur on boots, gloves, hats, purses, scarves, etc. This business remains very strong for the articles that can be used for this purpose in North America, Asia, and parts of Europe. While heavy Western Coyotes and better quality heavy Red Fox lead the way, western heavy raccoon, fisher, and other long hair articles also contribute.

Russian Market
One year ago, it took 32 Russian rubles to buy $1 U.S. and money could easily be transferred from Russia to NAFA for their purchases. Today it costs the Russians approximately 65 rubles to purchase $1 U.S. and it is much more difficult to transfer money out of Russia to NAFA due to the political and economic problems in Russia. Inside Russia, luxury goods, including fur, are selling very well in rubles. Most of the fur garments in Russia are manufactured outside, in either China or Greece. In the case of wild fur, most of it comes from NAFA. The heavy Raccoons and Western sections are also used for trimming, while Eastern sections, smaller sizes and flatter goods are used more for jackets. It is this last group that most likely will have less demand. Looking ahead for the year, the articles that are dependent on Russian retail will obviously be affected, but we don’t know to what extent. Fur is in fashion and the demand is strong.

Asian Market
Fur retail in the markets of China and Korea are doing well and the number one article is a short nap North American and European mink. The exports of wild fur garments and trim out of china has grown significantly over the past few years and although we are promoting wild fur extensively with 6 permanent staff in Asia the domestic use of wild fur in China is still in it’s infancy. Korea, have been active in the better end of the Lynx, Lynx Cat and Sables and are doing well. Although the Koreans were major buyers of better quality and large size Muskrats over the last couple of years, it would appear that they will be less active this upcoming season. Without this competition from Korea, muskrats prices, which did incredibly well last season , will sell at lower levels reflecting the huge decline in ranch mink prices last season.

Marketing and Promotion
Michael Mengar, Rob Cahill and Diane Benedetti are currently in Beijing at the Beijing Fur Fair, which is an export fair of mostly accessories and cheaper quality fur pieces and garments. Weather conditions in China were favourable for most of December and Chinese New Year is not until February 18. Although some sales will continue after Chinese New Year. It is during this period of time where retail is heaviest so we have another 4 weeks of sales to go.

Overall, the upcoming auction season is going to be a tough one in some articles that are affected by the Russian problems, but your auction company is doing everything it possibly can to make sure that we manage the sales to our best ability, using all of our past experiences. In order to encourage the buyers to purchase in our January auction, we have extended our terms for full payment until April 15, 2015. We are asking the buyers to pay us a 35% deposit on Prompt Date and there will be no charges, interest or any other, until April 15, 2015. However, all of our shippers will be paid in full on the Prompt Date of the January sale, which is February 20, 2015.

We’ll have much more to report, including detailed fur prices, after the Fur Harvesters Auction and North American Fur Auctions sales coming up shortly.  For now, you can click here to review our Trapping Today 2014-15 Fur Market Forecast.

Groenewold’s Latest Fur Market Update

It appears that the economic crisis in Russia, weakness in other countries and a strong U.S. dollar have combined to put a huge damper on the already weak fur market this season.  Here’s the latest update from Groenewold Fur & Wool.

Fur prices

Raccoon: Cheap Chinese raccoon prices and the falling Ruble continue to hurt American raccoon.
Muskrat: Cheap Ranch Mink and lack of Korean buying have seriously undermined the value of this product.
Beaver: Better beaver are difficult to sell.
Wild Mink: Watch ranch mink prices…
Coyote: Coyotes continue to sell well and should see better prices.
Grey Fox: Very slow.
Red Fox: Very slow, especially in China.
Skunk: Slow item again.
Fisher: Prices have really come down.
Otter: Very difficult to move.
Bobcats: Still selling relatively well.

Maine Trappers Association Fur Auction Results: 12/2014

MaineTrappersLogoBelow are fur price results from the Maine Trappers Association’s annual Central Maine Fur Auction.  Though not applicable to fur prices everywhere, this auction is held annually and can be a good indicator of what the fur market is going to bring the rest of the season.

It’s looking pretty poor.  I was particularly disappointed to see the low marten and fisher prices.

Central Maine Chapter Fur Auction
Ermine……..$ 2.75……….10
Female fisher.$50.00……….13
​Male Fisher…$42.00………. 7
Gray fox……$25.00………. 2
Mink (M&F)….$10.75………138
Muskrat…….$ 4.92……..1007
Raccoon…….$ 7.00……….39
Red Fox…….$29.75……….37

Beaver castor.$31.50/lb…….13-3/4 lbs

Click here for Trapping Today’s 2014-15 Fur Market Forecast.

Stay tuned for more state fur auction results.

Alaska Beaver Snaring Pics

Trapping Today reader James from Alaska shared some great pictures from his beaver trapline.  James sets snares on poles at several locations in runs between the beaver house and feed bed.  He’s had great success so far.  Thanks James!


Indiana Considers Otter Trapping Season

North_American_River_OtterAfter a successful re-introduction of river otters to the state, Indiana wildlife officials are considering a fur trapping season for otters for the first time in decades.

INDIANAPOLIS — Efforts to restore Indiana’s river otter population have been so successful over the last two decades that state wildlife officials say they need to cull the population.

The Natural Resources Commission will hold a hearing Thursday in Plainfield on a proposal that would create a river otter trapping season for as early as next year, The Indianapolis Star reported ( ).

Unregulated trapping for the fur trade and a loss of habitat wiped out so many otters that they were listed as a protected species in 1921. By 1942, otters had disappeared from the state, as they had from much of the country.

The Department of Natural Resources began releasing otters back into the state in 1995. Over five years, more than 300 otters from Louisiana were released at 12 Indiana sites, and by 2005, the otter had been removed from Indiana’s endangered species list. The animals now are found in 80 percent of the state’s counties, said Linnea Petercheff, a spokeswoman with the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Full story here.

Maine IF&W Suspends Marten, Fisher Trapping to Protect Lynx

December 9, 2014

IFW News — IFW Adopts Emergency Trapping Rule Changes In Northern Maine

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has implemented immediate trapping regulation changes through an emergency rule making process after two Canada lynx were killed in traps this fall.

“We are taking immediate measures to drastically decrease the probability of having another lynx killed in a trap,” said James Connolly, Director, IFW Bureau of Resource Management.

Effective immediately, lethal traps that are commonly used to catch fisher and marten are not allowed above ground or snow level in areas of the state where there are lynx, specifically Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) 1-11, 14,18,19 (Predominantly Aroostook, northern Somerset, northern Piscataquis, northern Penobscot, northern Hancock and northern Washington counties). In WMDs 7,14,18,19, lethal traps smaller than 7 � inches may be used on the ground if the trap is placed within a lynx exclusion device. Additionally, the use of any foothold trap above the ground or snow level will not be allowed in these WMDs.

The new regulations were triggered by a contingency provision in the Department’s incidental take plan developed to obtain a permit under the Endangered Species Act from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the unintended take of Canada lynx resulting from the Department’s trapping programs.

Under the conditions set forth in the incidental take plan, if two lynx are killed by legally set traps, trapping rules will be modified to prevent the likelihood of another lynx being killed.

These are the first lynx trapping deaths in six years in Maine. Statistics show that trapping is not a major factor impacting Maine’s lynx population. Since 2009, there were 26 lynx killed by vehicles, and only 2 by trapping.

“Although trapping related deaths are uncommon, we have worked diligently with Maine trappers in order to change the regulations to protect lynx,” said Connolly. “We are committed to protecting Maine’s lynx population.”

According to Laury Zicari, supervisor of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Maine Field Office, “The incidental take permit for trapping issued to Maine accounted for the possibility of lynx deaths. It outlined what trapping restrictions would need to be implemented if lynx were killed to hopefully avoid additional deaths. We commend Maine’s swift action through these regulation changes to address this issue, demonstrating that the permit framework is working.”

The first lynx death was self-reported by the trapper to the Maine Warden Service when he checked his traps as required by Maine regulations and the conditions of the Incidental Take Permit. The second dead lynx was discovered Sunday, December 7 St. Croix Township by a Maine Game Warden conducting a routine check of traps for compliance with Maine trapping regulations. An initial inspection by the game warden showed that the trap was set in compliance with Maine’s trapping regulations. The trapper was immediately notified by the warden about the capture.

“Trapping education, outreach and compliance with Maine trapping laws are important aspect of Maine’s lynx management plan. The Maine Warden Service is in the field, working with trappers, to make sure trappers are complying with Maine’s trapping regulations to protect lynx from accidental trapping,” said Major Chris Cloutier.

Trappers are required to report all lynx captures and all lynx captures are investigated by the Maine Warden Service.

Brian Cogill, President of the Maine Trappers Association commented that “The Maine Trappers Association has always supported department efforts to protect lynx. Trappers understand and believe that these measures are currently needed, and support these immediate protections for lynx. We look forward to working with the department as they develop long-term regulations to protect lynx for the 2015 season and beyond.”

Lynx are listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). IFW recently received an incidental take permit issued by the USFWS, which allows for the accidental trapping of Canada lynx by trappers legally pursuing furbearers in Maine. The permit outlines specific protocols and mitigation measures for the incidental take of lynx that minimizes direct impacts to lynx while providing habitat that benefits species recovery.

In 2006, Maine’s lynx population was estimated at between 750 and 1,000. IFW has increased protections for lynx in those areas where lynx are now found. IFW will also be conducting a lynx population survey this winter.

Maine’s lynx population is a subset of a larger population of lynx in Canada, and Maine lynx continue to interact with a far-reaching lynx population in Canada.

As part of an extensive 12-year lynx study, the IFW radio-collared over 80 lynx and monitored their movements, and documented survival and birth rates. Although more lynx die on roads than in traps, the major source of mortality for the 85 radio-collared lynx tracked over a 12-year period in northern Maine was predation by fisher and starvation attributed to disease (i.e., lungworm).

Radio-collar research of Maine’s lynx show that Maine’s lynx travel in and out of Canada, and ear-tagged Maine lynx have also been captured in Canada. Maine’s lynx study showed that one lynx travelled a straight-line distance of 249 miles from northern Maine into the Gaspe Peninsula.

Another lynx was tracked using a Global Positioning System (GPS) collar after it was trapped and released last fall. Although the lynx was initially trapped northeast of Greenville, in May, the lynx headed east all the way to Fredericton, New Brunswick, before turning around and venturing back to the Greenville area, covering 481 miles from March through December.

Trappers Catch and Release Too!

Most folks don’t realize that the foothold trap is a safe and humane method of capturing furbearers, and that we trappers have the ability to release our catch alive and well as the situation permits. For instance, Maine trappers are required to release Canada lynx that are often caught in their fox and coyote sets, and routinely do so with oversight from biologists. There are also many situations where the season is closed for a particular furbearer and we as trappers must release non-target catches on our own. I’ve released fisher and marten caught in my coyote sets when they were caught out of season in the past.

I read a neat article from a Kansas trapper writing for the Hays Post about releasing a bobcat. Here’s an excerpt:

The field lays along the river and at one point makes a jog which is a good spot to look for animal tracks in the sandy soil. Coyote tracks were plentiful, and I caught a bobcat last year at nearly the exact location where this one awaited me, so setting traps here was a no-brainer. The traps were set at the very edge of the stalks which hid them from my sight as I approached. Trapped bobcats usually hunker down and lay perfectly still until you get too close, so this one surprised me as I stepped beyond the stalks to take a peek at the trap before moving on.

It was a nice cat, but Kansas bobcats are not at their best until January. Besides that, I had just talked to my fur buyer and been told that bobcat prices will probably be appreciably lower this season than in the past few years. All things considered, I really didn’t want to catch any bobcats yet so I felt I needed to release this guy and try to catch it again later when its fur was at its absolute best.

People who know nothing about trappers or trapping can easily be of the opinion that we trappers are a heartless crew, when in actuality we trappers are some of the most avid conservationists on the planet. We understand that we harvest a God-given renewable resource that must be managed much like a farmer would manage livestock, and not harvest them until they are at their very best.

Well said, Steve Gilliliand, well said!

Read the full story here.