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By Sigrid Olson

The Quest for Fur


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Bob Sheppard holds up wolf (left) and coyote (right) skins that were trapped in the Blackfoot Watershed.

Successful trappers in the Blackfoot Watershed rely upon the ability to read animal signs and study behavioral patterns within habitats. Within the watershed, there are animals that can be trapped year-round as well as those with a defined season and area.

There is a limit as to how many and which animals can be trapped within each season per regulations.

"Just because a trapper can trap animals year-round does not mean it is the right thing to do," said semi-professional trapper Bob Sheppard of Ovando.

The animals are classified into four areas being furbearers, predators, non-game and "...

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