Province renews contract with Fur Managers Federation
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The province has renewed funding to support the administration of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s fur trapping education and licencing services.
Announced by Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski while in North Bay Friday, $1.1 million has been earmarked for the Ontario Fur Managers Federation so it can continue to administer trapping education and licencing on behalf of the province over the next three years.
“Trappers play a vital role in wildlife control in both rural and urban areas,” said Yakabuski. “Our government’s investment will help the industry prosper and support jobs that benefit thousands of families across Ontario.”
He said the trapping industry has been an important contributor to Ontario’s economy and ecology for 400 years. Trapping is also culturally significant for people in central and Northern Ontario, said Yakabuski.
“Our trapping regulations are considered among the strictest and more humane,” he said, noting the industry helps to regulate population numbers of furbearer species such as coyotes, beavers and raccoons.
Yakabuski said trappers also play an important role in reducing human-wildlife conflicts such as damage to property as a result of flooding caused by beavers, and loss of livestock from predation by wolves and coyotes.
“This investment will help the industry succeed and support jobs that benefit thousands of families in central and Northern Ontario.”
According to the ministry, the OFMF has provided licence services and education for trappers since 1997, issuing approximately 8,700 commercial trapping licences annually.
Under the Trapping Education Program, the OFMF provides administrative support to more than 100 independent trapping instructors who provide mandatory training to approximately 800 individuals each year.
The government’s new three-year contract with the OFMF extends from July 1, 2019 to June 30.