The future fur trade-what is your view of the fur trade in the future? Well far and game animals remain plentiful were at least a reasonable numbers, or will it be all fur farms and game preserves? Well the invasion all railroads into the Canadian Northwest eventually drive out the game, or will there always be good hunting and trapping grounds in Canada?
Furbearing animals and game are rapidly passing away in most parts of the United States and Canada, and the time will surely come when there will be none worth mentioning in most parts of the country. Go into almost any community and the trappers will tell you of the large catch is then made it not so many years ago and how it falls lower and lower each year. And there are no new regions in which there is room for many trappers, except in a part of Canada and Alaska, and even these are being trap now to a greater or less extent. The new railroads will extend civilization and settlement just that much farther, and as the country settles up the game must decrease. Now, the railroads will not drive the game away, but they make it possible for the hunters and trappers to reach new regions and the game well be killed off. There are no doubt parts of Canada that can never be settled, and there the game will remain at least fairly plentiful. But good laws, and a general observance of them will do much good, as illustrated in the New England states, where, though thickly settled, deer and smaller game may yet be found quite plentifully, and furbearing animals of some kind are found in fair numbers.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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