31 Aug '17, 3pm

The Growing Trade in Bear, Lynx, and Wolf Pelts

Fur trapping in the United States did not go out with Jim Bridger and beaver-fur hats. Thousands of wild mammals are still being trapped every year for their fur—and the number is increasing. In 2011, for example, 16,258 wild bobcats were killed and their skins exported. By 2015, that number had soared to 65,603. “The idea that you can remove tens of thousands of individuals of a species, and that would have absolutely no impact, makes no sense,” says Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. In the case of bobcats, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species notes that “challenges for long-term persistence [of bobcats] in some regions include market hunting for the fur trade.” The market is also growing for U.S. river otter, gray wolf, and brown bear skins, with prices per pelt rising beyond $300 as demand increases in China, Europe, and Russia. Over ...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/growing-trade-bear-lynx-...

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