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Trapping has been an integral part in the development of North America, beginning even before the establishment of the colonies. Trappers known as "mountain men" contributed greatly to the knowledge of the unexplored interior of North America, opening the way for eventual settlement.
In more recent times trapping was almost considered a right of passage for school aged boys in rural America. This was especially true during the "Great Depression". Today there are over one and a half million trappers.
Trapper organizations work closely with State and Federal agencies for the management of fur bearing species. It is to the credit of this bond that fur bearers are more numerous today than a hundred years ago. Trappers and wildlife agencies are working together to develop the most humane traps and techniques possible. It is our goal that trapping will be continue to be used as an effective management tool for fur bearing populations now and in the future.