With fur prices down, West Virginia officials expect few state trappers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prices are down for furs, and West Virginia authorities are not expecting many trappers this year.

Rich Rogers is the furbearer project leader for the state Division of Natural Resources. He told the Charleston Gazette-Mail likely only the most die-hard trappers will put in the time and effort to run trap lines and they won’t get much money from it.

Rogers said, “This year, people will be trapping for recreational value.”

Rogers also said the weather will play a role with fewer trappers willing to go out in heavy snowfall.

Rogers said there are several furbearer research studies in progress including an ongoing study of river otters. He said some people want the otter limit increased, but they can’t do that until they have more information on the population.

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