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      Trapping in modern times

      Some of the first early settlers to Michigan were fur trappers, and they played an important role in the developing Upper Peninsula economy.

      Beaver was a hot commodity back then, and it was plentiful in the U.P. Nowadays, trapping is a recreational hobby, not a means for survival.

      However, that doesn't mean it isn't still essential to our world.

      "Trapping is a real important part of wildlife management for the Michigan DNR. Many of the species that are targeted with traps are not usually harvested any other way, other than utilizing traps, so they can be very effective at managing those species," said Brian Roell, Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist.

      "I explained this to my grandchildren. I say, would you rather see an animal used, maybe put to good use through either food or through furs, or would you rather see them smushed on the road? We don't live in a utopic world," said Doug Boyle, an avid trapper and President of the U.P. Trappers Association.

      There are fifteen different species here in the U.P. legal to trap, with the most common being beaver, coyotes, fox, and bobcats.

      Animals are usually trapped for their fur, not their meat, and sometimes they are initially trapped because they wreak havoc in neighborhoods.

      "Mostly I catch raccoons. I catch raccoons right here in town. I use a live trap.They're a nuisance to my home and to my neighbors," Boyle said.

      There are four types of traps which come in various sizes: snare traps, instant kill traps, leg hold traps, and cage traps. Each trap can be easily modified to trap the specific animal you are targeting.

      For more information about trapping and obtaining a fur-harvesting license to trap, click here.