Benifits Of Trapping Essay

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Trapping Benefits
     In the spring of 1996 Farmer Johnson's field was inundated with water. This high water level wasn't due to natural flooding or heavy rains but a well built line of mud, rocks and logs 200 feet long that crossed the river near his property. Beavers were the cause of this years crop failure. Farmer Johnson decided the best thing he could do was call the county trapper. The trapper came and removed most of the beavers and opened up the dam. The beavers, upon seeing the broken dam and losing the other beavers, decided to build downstream further where no one would be plagued by excess water. This shows just one example of how trapping can be beneficial.
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Trapping also provides health benefits and exercise for the trapper. “ can be one of the best body builders, with its walking, chopping, rowing, or paddling, carrying, lifting, bending over, dragging of sleds or toboggans, skiing or snowshoeing, with its hours in the open air. When one of its returns is tranquility of mind, its health-giving possibilities are immeasurably increased”(Errington 101). Finally the trapper learns about the animals that are trapped and the animals that are seen when running a trap line. “A trapper must be a student of nature”(Clawson 15). There are many benefits for todays trapper and these are a driving force behind the reason for trapping to continue.
     The benefits to society are slightly more difficult to see but make a large impact. A trapper is more likely to take care of and be concerned for the land they use than someone who is not actively involved outdoors. There are some places where trapping is very normal and more importantly necessary. “Trapping is often vital to the subsistence and self-sufficiency of people in remote regions who have few other economic alternatives”(Houser 1). The trapping industry provides jobs for thousands of Americans and the money spent on trapping licenses helps to support the Department of Natural Resources for many habitat projects. I think Andrew Houser accurately summed up

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