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WildSafeBC asks the right questions in bobcat conflict

It’s easy to say that a wild animal went mad and decided to start attacking. It’s harder to say you’re not sure - and that’s the approach a representative of WildSafeBC is taking. After a spate of sightings and conflicts between bobcats and domestic dogs in the Squamish area, CBC ...
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Snare that catches beaver is deemed illegal

A beaver was released near his home after a Conservation Officer found him wrapped in a snare trap in Prince George. The Conservation Officer told Global News that the beaver was caught in an illegal snare trap in a residential area. The question we must ask is: why was the ...
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Coyotes good news for a slow news week

In the small town of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, a coyote was sighted near a school. And that's it for the story. At the end of the school day, children went home, and apparently so did the coyote. Yet this non-event still led to an article in a local newspaper ...
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Industry says fur is back – store closure says otherwise

Pappas Furs, a long-time Vancouver furrier, has closed. Opened 100 years ago, it stood as an “icon” for the fur trade and Canada’s rugged past. Fortunately, that rugged past is just that: past. A recent article in The Vancouver Sun outlines the storied history of Pappas Fur during its final ...
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Fur market ‘flat’ in China

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: fashion is cyclical. The rapid rise of fur prices in recent years was disheartening for us and our supporters. But the perfect storm of higher temperatures and lowering spending trends means one thing – fur is on the outs in China. ...
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Mugging little old ladies

Getting them young is the plan trappers in Ontario have to keep their industry alive. In a recent “ news article ” about the Fur Harvesters Auction in North Bay, a “reporter” revealed that the industry is grasping at straws to get kids interested. A youth apprenticeship program is in ...
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Episode 127: Getting (humanely) educated

This week we’re continuing to look at the subject of humane education with one of the biggest names in the business. The co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education , Zoe Weil is an award-winning author of six books, educator and speaker. She designed the graduate certificate programs ...
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Inherently inhumane: LA bans traps

It’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles for humans and fur-bearing animals alike. The city has officially banned the use of all traps that grip or snare animals.
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Lawsuit launched to protect lynx in Idaho

In Idaho, the Canada lynx is an endangered species that cannot be trapped. Unfortunately, no one told the traps this. Three conservation groups have initiated legal action against the governor of Idaho and other involved state officials to end trapping that illegally kills the lynx, now a rare species in ...
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Fur flies in Montreal

The bastion of fashion in Canada is in the middle of a fight between furriers and those who represent them. The Montreal Gazette reports that after the end of the North American Fur and Fashion Exhibition Montreal (NAFFEM) two rival trade shows have started up, and it’s driving a wedge ...
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