Fur Trappers

In W.Va., Fur Trappers Adapt To Shifting Market

The price of untanned, or green fur, has been dropping steadily as public opinion and markets have turned away from fur products. Animal welfare groups have advocated against trapping and wearing furs. Supply and demand is also impacted by pop culture and fashion trends. International politics, like the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, interrupt trade routes and impact the ability to sell fur overseas.

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Fur Trapping And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, before coal or timber in Appalachia, there was the fur trade, and it made fortunes for centuries. But now, West Virginia fur trappers struggle to earn a living, but some have adapted or found new careers using their skills. Folkways Reporter Lauren Griffin has this story.

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