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Criticizing fur decried

The letter “Promoting fur decried” (Feb. 7 and TribLIVE.com) by J.L. Ford of Collier misrepresents trapping. A YouTube video called “Destroying the Myth” ( youtube.com/watch?v=Rsj-2o0ux14 ) proves trapping is not bloody and barbaric, as represented in the letter.

Respective state agencies employ wildlife experts to draw up the regulations for trapping of animals. Trappers participate in research that shapes these regulations to cause the least amount of discomfort to fur-bearing animals.

Trappers purchase hunting and fur-taking licenses that fund animal research, wildlife aid and enforcement of these regulations.

Trapping is the best method for removing excess fur bearers, thus reducing disease (rabies, mange), destruction of property (beaver dams) and conflicts with people, such as raccoons raiding garbage cans or coyotes eating family pets.

Fur is a renewable resource made available to us by God.

Greg Grimm

Indian Head

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