Trapping course to be offered next month in Manitowaning

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MANITOWANING—Trapping is an integral part of Canada’s history and a practice that is still alive and well today. Those interested in learning about trapping and obtaining their Ontario Trappers Licence will have the opportunity next month on Manitoulin.

Instructor Rob Mellan will be holding a course in Manitowaning over the weekends of February 14 and 15 and February 22 and 23. The 46-hour course is $250, with a $100 non-refundable deposit due by Wednesday, February 12.

The trapping course is open to anyone 12 years of age and older, as Mr. Mellan explained to The Expositor.

“As of this year, the apprentice program is open to youth 12-years-old to 16,” said Mr. Mellan. “Youth 12-16 are able to take the course, but with the apprentice program they must trap with someone with an Ontario Trappers Licence. When the individual turns 16 they will automatically get their own licence.”

Though some may think that trapping is on the decline, Mr. Mellan said this couldn’t be further from the case.

“In the last two to three years there has been an increased demand for the course,” he explained, “but there has always been a stable amount of fur leaving the Island.”

Through the course individuals learn about the government regulations around trapping, trap standards and how to prepare and market pelts.

“For each species there is a standard in terms of shape, size and condition,” Mr. Mellan said. “The course also focusses on managing the animal population, as well as a biology component that teaches about the habitat, diet and breeding of all the fur species.”

When asked why the course and trapping is important, Mr. Mellan explained that trapping is a necessity, insuring the management of animal populations.

For more information or to register for the trapping course, contact Rob Mellan at 705-859-2482.

Robin Burridge