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10:43 AM, Jan 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Even before the great freeze of 2014, the fur industry was – as Martin Kidston reports in the Missoulian – booming.  

… providing a windfall to Montana trappers who say their industry has hit a 30-year high. And market indicators suggest the demand – and the prices that follow – will continue to increase as buyers in China, Russia and Korea watch their incomes grow.

The practical arguments for fur are unchanging.  It is warm and the resource is renewable.  It is a third element that has fueled the boom:

Fashion designers are driving the trade’s resurgence by incorporating more fur into their clothing lines. One British magazine reported that nearly 70 percent of fall collections included some form of fur.

Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trappers Association, who is interviewed in the story elaborates:

“In China, fur is a fashion statement, and they’re looking at the longer coats. In Russia, it’s more of a practical use than a fashion statement. In the U.S., fur is being used for trim around hoods on coats, cuffs on sleeves, and collars, things like that.

“The market is strong and improving. It’s a good time to be a trapper right now.”

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