455: Trappers in Decline

There are only 455 professional hunters and trappers left in Canada.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 household survey, trapping has become one of the least common full-time professions for Canadians.

And this is not a one-time blip on the radar for trapping.

In an article on Bloomberg.com, reporter Greg Quinn notes “the 455 hunters and trappers counted in 2011 is down from 1,200 recorded in 2006 and 1,185 in 2001. The most recent survey marks the first time the occupation has fallen to least popular in Canada.”

Lowering pelt prices, driven by a lowering demand for fur, is what’s creating this downward trend. Ongoing educational efforts and actions like fur bans are having an impact on this as well.

By keeping up our efforts and with your support, we will see an end to fur trapping in Canada. And that day may be sooner than we ever hoped.

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