Fur Trapping and Difficult Landowners
I am on the state’s list as a trapper who is willing to help landowners with wildlife problems. Essentially, we trap during the season for landowners who are having a problem. I recently received a call from a landowner having a problem with a particular species.
I asked him to describe the problem. His description was rather imprecise so I asked some follow-up questions regarding what the problem was. My philosophy is I don’t want to get involved in something that won’t work or may be too difficult (unless I am looking to learn from it).
He needed the problem resolved quickly. I said, I wanted to wait a few weeks for the fur to get more prime. I also wanted to trap other species at the same time. He remarked he didn’t want me there for a long time. I said, I had no intention to be there for a long time. I said mileage expenses were $0.555/mile so I was not going to dally around. He already knew that the animal he wanted controlled was only worth around 20 dollars so was aware I wasn’t getting rich and would probably lose money on an absolute basis.
He then seemed to get frustrated and said he would call someone else.
My point is simply this. Landowners, unless you are paying for trapping services, don’t be cheap. Understand that fur trapping is time intensive and that trappers can trap other species at the same time they are resolving the original problem. That is the beauty of trapping as a force multiplier. Fur trappers are not getting rich despite what you might think.
Fur trappers don’t devalue your services. I suspect that this unnamed landowner may have been someone who didn’t like trapping and only wanted trapping to occur to solve his problem. I could be wrong. But don’t be so desperate to trap that you make your important services a commodity. Remember, no one respects what they get for free.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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