Just four years ago, bobcat fur sold for about $200. Now, that same bobcat pelt can be sold for almost $2,000. Higher prices come from a rise in demand for fur in Asia, and it has led to more trappers in the field here in Idaho.
Patrick Carney, president of the Idaho Trappers Association, gets calls almost daily from folks who want advice on how to get into commercial trapping.
House Joint Resolution 2 is less than two pages long and adds hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho’s Constitution.
Governor “Butch” Otter says the authors of the measure wanted to protect these outdoor activities for future generations.
“I think the motivation was to make sure that there was a continuum in that tradition that we have in Idaho," says Otter. "I think the only danger and I warned them about this, that the only danger that we run is what if it fails? What's that going to tell us?”
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game disclosed details Thursday on its investigation of wolf trapper Josh Branford. He posed in front of a live, trapped wolf and posted the photo on the Internet.
Branford did nothing illegal according to Mike Keckler, chief of communications for Idaho Fish and Game. “He had all the necessary licenses and tags to trap the wolf. But, in our view, he should have used better judgment before photographing himself and placing it out there.”