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Don't put your
restraining traps for coyotes away just because the
snow is deep. You could be missing out on some great
winter trapping and it can increase the use you
normally get out of your footholds during the
winter. NBTFHF President Charles Neveu gives details
on the "Snowmobile Track Set" and bait piles.
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News from the Northwest Council
January 27th 2013: The North-West Trappers Council
had their annual meeting during which a new board
was to be elected. Re-elected president Gérard
Levesque, Re-elected treasurer Burt Laforge and
Re-elected secretary Marc Devost. 35 members
participated in this meeting, a great turnout! As
you can see our Council brings together people of
all ages. What a vibrant group! Thank you everyone
for showing up every time. We also took the time to
showcase the prizes received by our Council members
during the annual NBTFHF Convention in Fredericton:
Riley Givskud received the Jr. Skinner award,
Michael 'Puss' Michaud was named Trapper of the Year
and Gérard Levesque was named Instructor of the
Year. The council is very proud of these
See more photos from the
Northwest Council by clicking here!
long time proud member of the Restigouche Trappers
Council, 80 year old Mr. Wilfred Arseneau with some
nice catches from november 1983. Nice big coyote in
picture above, coyote number 9 and a nice fox in
picture #2 and proudly showing beavers in picture #3
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ATV Trail Pass Now Required
ATV Riders in New
Brunswick are required to purchase a trail pass
effective January 1st, 2013. Legislation passed by
the Alward Government has made it mandatory for
ATVers to have a trail pass when riding on
designated trails in the province. Riders not having
a pass will be subject to a $172.50 fine if caught
This will no doubt have
an effect on some trappers as many trappers use an
ATV on at least part of their line. Some even argue
that they have been using some trails for decades
and ATV clubs have simply claimed them as their own
and designated them as club trails. Trail passes
range from $25 - $75 dollars depending on if a
seasonal or annual pass is purchased. Further
details can be found on the Government of NB
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Snowmobile Trail Pass Application
New Brunswick Trappers &
Fur Harvesters Federation members can apply for a
NBFSC Trail Pass at no cost to carry out trapping
activities using designated NBFSC trails. Only
NBTFHF members are eligible to apply and the
application must be submitted to NBTFHF Secretary
PASS APPLICATION HERE.
Restigouche Council Workshop
On September 15th, 18
people (including 80 years young Wilfred Arseneau)
attended the Restigouche Trappers Council's second
annual trappers workshop. Terry Landry (instructor)
assisted by Stephen Scott (Long Creek Outfiitters)
demonstrated how to clean, dip and wax traps. The
Restigouche Trappers Council would like to thank the
NB Wildlife Trust Fund and Carl (The Legend) Cyr for
helping us in making this enjoyable day possible.
And thanks also to Mr. Dale Laflamme for his
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Fur Harvesters Can Now Carry
.22 On Sunday
Fur Harvesters in New
Brunswick may now carry a .22 Rimfire on Sundays for
dispatch purposes. Firearms must be cased while
being transported or carried in the field to trap
locations and must be re-cased immediately after
dispatching a live-caught furbearer. The exceptions
are the three Sundays in deer season when Sunday
hunting is legal.
The NBTFHF has long
argued that trappers should be able to carry a .22
for dispatching purposes in the interest of safety
and a quick dispatch. Thumbs up to the NBTFHF in
getting this legislation passed.
Record Moose Harvest for 2012
Moose hunters in New
Brunswick set an all-time record during the three-day
hunt this year, partly because of an increase in
Early figures from the
Department of Natural Resources show a harvest of 3,556
moose — a jump of 44 per cent from 2011.
Over the past two years,
more than 1,000 licences have been added, many in areas
with a high number of moose-vehicle collisions.
"A couple of areas were
in the Sackville area and then the Edmundston area,
where the highest percentage of moose collisions were.
So we were able to give out more licences in those
areas," said Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup.
Hunters who were issued
licences also had better success, with 75 per cent
getting a moose this season.
NBTFHF Secretary Gerry
Williamson with his 2012 Moose
NBTFHF Summer Rendezvous 2012
1st Prize Gary
Whelton sold by Gary Whelton
2nd Prize Gerard Babineau sold by
3rd Prize Gary Whelton sold by Gary
NBTFHF President on Coyotes
NBTFHF President Charles
Neveu provides some interesting information on coyote
trapping undertaken by trappers in the Drummond - Grand
Falls area of New Brunswick. Read his President's Report
by clicking here!
NB Wolf Confirmed
testing has confirmed that a canine shot in April on the
Acadian Peninsula is indeed a wolf, making it the first
killed in the province since 1876.
The animal which weighed 86
pounds was shot by a hunter in the Caraquet area. The
hunter called the animal in with an electronic predator
call and shot it thinking it was a coyote. Once he got
close to the animal, he realized it was considerably
larger than the average coyote and started to think it
may be part wolf.
Department of Natural
resources were contacted as well as NB Museum zoologist
Don McAlpine for positive identification. As a result,
DNA was sent off for testing for confirmation of
With confirmation that the
animal was indeed a wolf, it will now be a wait and see
session to find out what steps will be taken by
officials as far as protection measures in the province.
Will hunting and trapping regulations change? Will
forestry practices and methods be refined or will the
animal simply be passed off as an escaped pet or
transient wolf straying out of it's territory.
Could NB Have a Turkey Season in the
in New Brunswick may get to enjoy a Wild Turkey
season in the future. The New Brunswick chapter of
the National Wild Turkey Federation has applied for
permission to import and release wild turkeys in New
Brunswick. A consulting firm has been hired to carry
out a study and make a pitch to the Department of
Natural Resources for permission to release the
There are concerns that
the large birds could have an effect on the Ruffed
Grouse. Many north eastern U.S. states have healthy
populations of both bird species that co-exist quite
well so the fears may be unfounded. Rob Wilson, an
avid hunter and president of the Saint John chapter
of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said turkeys
were in New Brunswick before and should return.
Even without importing
turkeys from outside the province, it appears they
are here anyway. Large flocks have been spotted all
over southern and western New Brunswick, and it
appears they are migrating here from the state of
to Close 11 District Offices
The Department of
Natural Resources is closing 11 of its 28 district
offices over the next two years as a part of the
Alward government’s deficit-fighting plan.
Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup announced
the closures in the legislature Wednesday.
“The district office closures are designed so there
is a maximum of one hour's travel time from one DNR
office to the next closest. These closures will
affect the number of administrative support staff in
the regions,” Northrup said.
“I wish to assure staff that we will work to the
best of our ability to minimize the impact of these
closures and that everyone will be treated fairly.”
The department will close offices in Coles Island,
Nackawic, Petitcodiac, Saint-Léonard and Sunny
Corner by June 29.
The remainder of the district office closures will
be implemented next year.
The Bathurst, Blackville, Boucher, Kedgwick,
Miramichi, Hampton and Welsford offices will be
closed in 2013. The Hampton and Welsford offices
will be merged into a new office in the greater
Saint John area.
Northrup said the office closures may actually help
Forest rangers will spend more time in their trucks
— equipped with laptops, GPS systems and other
"It's going to put more people out in the woods,
instead of sitting behind a desk, and we feel very
confident that it's going to be more protection for
our natural resources in New Brunswick," Northrup
Liberal critic Denis Landry said closing offices
will affect the public's access to services.
"How is it going to work? If I have to go and ask a
ranger for a meeting with him, am I going to meet
with him in that truck?" Landry questioned.
The provincial government announced in its latest
budget that it would reduce the 2012-13 deficit to
$183 million from the $471 million in the existing
The Department of Natural Resources will save $1.5
million by reducing office space around the
province, according to the finance minister's latest
The provincial government has already started a
pilot project to equip conservation staff with new
technology in their vehicles.
"The result was an 18 per cent increase in the time
they spent in the field protecting our natural
resources," Northrup said.
(Source CBC News)
D. Bruce Williams
D. Bruce (1949-2012) Bruce Williams, 62, of Salisbury, NB,
passed away at the Moncton Hospital surrounded by love on
Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Born in Antigonish, NS he was the son of Marjorie (West) and
the late Edmund Williams, Salisbury.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darlene (Colpitts)
and daughter Melanie, Moncton; brother George (Carmella);
sisters Jean Jensen (Karl), Salisbury and Tracy Busson (Reg),
Chipman; brother-in-law Dennis Colpitts (Donna), Salisbury;
nieces and nephews Tanya, David, Joanna Williams, Kelsey,
Courtney, Denver Busson, Dean Colpitts (Paula) and
Bruce was a former helicopter pilot with the Canadian Armed
Forces, owner of Nelderdale Fox Ranch and also operated a
wildlife nuisance control company. He was involved in many
areas of the wildlife and insurance sectors and served on
many boards throughout the years. He was Chairman of
Southeastern Mutual Insurance Company, Riverview, Past-Chair
of United General Insurance Company, Fredericton, Chairman
of the Fur Institute of Canada, Ottawa, Treasurer of the
International Fur Trade Federation, London, England and
Board member of Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan, Cambridge,
Ontario. He was also a mason with Harmony Lodge #20,
Resting at Salisbury Funeral Home and Crematorium, 3350
Salisbury Road (372-4800), visitation will be Tuesday, March
20, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (Masonic service at 6 pm). A celebration
of Bruce's life will be held at the funeral home Wednesday,
March 21, 2pm with Rev. Dan Compton officiating.
Memorials, if desired, to the Cancer Society or charity of
choice would be appreciated by the family.
To send your condolences to Bruce’s family, please use the
following address and/or e-mail.
73 Salisbury Back Road
Colpitts Settlement, NB
2012 Workshop & Convention
by Frank Hathaway
Northwest and Tobique Trappers Councils held their 11th
annual Trappers workshop on Jan. 12th and 13th in
conjunction with the annual N.B. Trappers and Fur Harvesters
Convention on Jan. 14th, 2012.
The workshop was held at Levesque Farms with Donald Parent
as co-ordinator. It was an extreme success with attendance
at an all time high with people from N.B., Quebec and the
state of Maine. Some of N.B.'s top trappers put on every
kind of demo pertaining to trapping. A supper was served by
chef Romeo Beaulieu. One trapper said he had 4 bowls of the
chicken stew which says it all for Romeo's cooking
A special project this year was an educational day for the
Grade 4 students from surrounding areas of the two councils.
This was co-ordinated by Bernard Levesque and Frank Hathaway
and set up at the E.P. Senechal Sports Center.
Twenty-five volunteers gathered and set up different
stations as follows;
1. A large area was laid out imitating a forest with N.B.'s
11 mounted furbearers, plus a Canada lynx in their natural
habitat, bee's nests, bird's nests, trees, cones, leaves,
needles, blow downs and all native species of trees. A road
was constructed with a culvert and a 20 foot beaver dam,
complete with beaver house and a muskrat house.
2. Claire Caron, of the Wildlife Trust Fund, was set up to
explain the Trust Fund goals and objectives. It was a grant
from the Trust Fund which helped make this day such a huge
3. Mark Finnigan, professional fur grader for Fur Harvesters
Auction, was next with a huge display of N.B.'s 11
furbearers, plus all other furs across Canada. This site was
a hit as Mark had furs dyed hot pink and many other colors.
One grade 4 student described the colored presentation as
4. Dept. of Natural Resources was next with a beautiful
booth showing and providing special information about N.B.
5.James Ritchie, from Moncton Council, was next, skinning a
muskrat. One student described it
saying " putting it on a plank". The students found this
demo very interesting as it was the first time they had seen
an animal skinned.
6.This booth consisted of all the latest traps, freshly
pelted animals of all species and how each specie is
7. James Goodine of Plaster Rock, showed students how he
pounded and prepared black ash for the making of pack
baskets, which are used today by many trappers. James had
many types of baskets on display and he presented each
school with one.
8. The last booth was John Richard of Fur Harvesters
Auction, demonstrating a fur pick-up and explaining the
The educational day saw 282 students attending. Handouts,
which consisted of pencils from Trust Fund and NAFA Auction
House and a 12 inch ruler and coloring book from Tobique and
North West councils, were given to each student.
The Convention started on Jan.14th with a very large crowd
in attendance. The same booths were still set up plus many
more which included councils from around the Province, Fur n
Things, and Guildo Couturier making snowshoes. There were
pelting and boarding demos all day. On the ground floor were
N.A.F.A, Furharvesters and Gaston Henri of Quebec, picking
up fur. Trap sales were brisk with Steven Scott and Roland
Michaud set up for sales. Kirby Burtt and Bill Makowsky were
there representing the Wild Fur Shippers Council. Marshall
Christie was on hand representing the C.N.T.A.
The educational day, workshop and Convention were a huge
success due to our many volunteers and both Councils, whom
we would like to say a huge Thank- You. A special Thanks to
Dave Bosma of Fur Harvesters for Mark Finnigan and John
Richard for their special presentations. Thank-You everyone.
Live Feed Camera In Maine
Black Bear Den
On behalf of the Maine
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, I would like to
inform you of an exciting new endeavour the Department has
undertaken with the Wildlife Research Foundation.
We urge you to visit the Foundation's new website by
clicking here. A camera has been placed in a bear den in
northern Maine, providing 24/7 streaming of one of our radio
collared bears, "Lugnut" who birthed two cubs on January 16.
This is the first time a live streaming video has been
placed in a wild Maine Black Bear den.
The website provides us with an opportunity to share
Lugnut's world and watch her as she raises her cubs. You
will also see videos of our bears "Spunky" and "Nell" and as
the project develops, we will follow those bears and others.
There are videos that tell the story of the north Maine
woods, its habitat, including how the camera was installed
in the den. Fascinating stuff.
The video in Lugnut's den provides not only a unique visual,
but audio as well; the two cubs (yet un-named) often squeal
and protest quite loudly as they adjust to life in the den.
The Foundation's mission statement states their goal is to
provide funds and support to the scientific community and
wildlife managers to enhance wildlife and habitat research
and inform and educate the general public concerning the
value and necessity of wildlife research. The bear cam
allows us to do that in a fun and exciting way!
The Foundation approached the Department with this unique
opportunity and we are pleased to work with them to educate
the public on Maine's Black Bear population and urge
donations to the Department's wildlife research projects.
Maine is fortunate to have two of the most well respected
bear biologists in the nation, Randy Cross and Jen Vashon,
and I know the website will be an effective and exciting
tool to educate people around the world about Maine's Black
The website has become popular right out of the gate. It has
been live for just two weeks, and has had over 15,000
We encourage you to share this link to the website with your
family, friends and colleagues, urging them to follow the
story of Lugnut and her cubs and to also support the work of
the Foundation and Maine's wildlife research projects.
Thank you very much and I hope you will follow Lugnut's
journey as I will on a daily basis!
Chandler E. Woodcock
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Watch The Video Here
Muskrat Makes Wall Street
CALUMET, Mich.—The North
American muskrat market has been booming, thanks to soaring
purchases by Chinese and other newly rich nations that need
muskrat fur to line coats and footwear
Specifically, they want
muskrat bellies, the felt-like fur that is practically
impermeable to moisture. At $10 per pelt—five times what
muskrats fetched in the 1990s—pelts were trading at new
highs when bidding for last season's furs ended in June.
But some in the belly trade
are casting worried glances at Europe, where fur sales are
expected to be soft this winter. That could drag prices down
for trappers here, and the current muskrat mania could prove
to be a belly flop.
Read the rest of the story here!
The New Brunswick Trappers & Fur
Harvesters Federation would like to remind pet owners and
the general public the Fur Harvesting & Trapping Season is
now underway in New Brunswick until February 28th. Fur
Harvesters must show responsibility in where they set traps
as well as follow provincial regulations when doing so. We
ask that pet owners also be responsible and not let their
pets run at large as per provincial regulations. Nobody,
trapper or pet owner wants to see harm come to a pet. For
more information, please view the
Pet Owners Guide on the Department of Natural Resources
CNTA Now Offers Trappers
Canadian Trappers are now
eligible for $2,000,000.00 Trappers Liability Insurance
simply by joining the
Canadian National Trappers Alliance. Effective
November 15, 2011, paid members of the Canadian National
Trappers Alliance will automatically be covered for the
$2 Million in liability insurance at no cost other than
the $20 annual membership fee. It is a fantastic deal
for trappers in Canada. It is an excellent opportunity
to be covered for liability and support your National
trapping organization at the same time, for only twenty
Return of the Wolf to New
recent story in the Telegraph Journal has
naturalists believing that it is only a
matter of time until we see wolves returning
to New Brunswick forests. They have steadily
been migrating to the North-eastern United
States and have been confirmed in the state
of Maine and the province of Quebec. It's
not too far fetched to think they may
already be here.
There have been
a number of reports of residents hearing
howling at night. But, it is not the short
yippy higher pitched howling they are
hearing. It is a longer, deeper, moaning
type howl more consistent with wolves. Do we
already have a few here? Over the past
decade, NB residents have reported seeing
wolves dozens of times. However, no physical
evidence has turned up that there are indeed
wolves in New Brunswick. The article can be
viewed by clicking here.
New Brunswick Conservation
Officers Get New Look
New Brunswick Conservation
Officers have a new look. You may have noticed the new
"Badge" on the doors of Conservation Officers trucks
lately. They are more easily recognizable as
Conservation Officers than the previous Province of New
Brunswick logo which all DNR vehicles carried. They now
look more in line with CO vehicles from other provinces
and U.S. states.
View the 2012 Trapping &
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Harvesting Seasons Start & End Dates
Wildlife Management Zones
What's New for the 2012 - 2013 Season
Bobcat Tag Draw Information
Certified & Allowable List of Traps
Information on Wildlife Diseases
Hunting Seasons Start & End Dates
Daily Hunting Start & End Times
Dept of Natural Resources Contact
Trapping & Hunting User Fees
For the first time ever, New
Brunswick Trappers will be required to pay a fee to apply
for the Bobcat Tag Draw. Trappers wishing to apply for
Bobcat tags will have to pay a $9.00 fee to do so. A Fur
Traders license will increase to $37.50 from $25.00 and a
Taxidermy license will increase to $15.00 from $10.00.
Applying for the annual Moose License Draw will also now
cost $10.50 if applying in person and $6.30 to apply online.
The New Brunswick Department of
Finance says it's raising the user fees to bring them inline
with what other provinces pay. The department said the cost
of managing hunting, trapping and angling programs exceeds
the revenue generated from licence sales and that the fee
increases are intended to help the department cover the cost
of some of these programs.
Moncton Reporter Receives Award
Moncton Times & Transcript reporter, Jim Foster, accepts
the Irwin McIntosh Memorial Award from NB Trappers & Fur
Harvesters Federation Moncton Council Director, Brent
Renton (left) and Moncton Council President, Lloyd
Support the NBTFHF by Donating a Fur
The NBTFHF works tirelessly for
the Trappers of New Brunswick in many trapping & fur
harvesting related matters. Much of that work is done behind
the scenes and benefits both NBTFHF members and non-member
trappers alike. The NBTFHF Executive & directors work
closely with Fish & Wildlife, DNR, outdoor use groups and
many other agencies and organizations to help preserve and
maintain trapping as we know it today. The input from the
NBTFHF is invaluable in setting seasons, quotas, regulation
changes and insuring the trappers of New Brunswick are given
a fair shake.
Although the work is done by
volunteers, there are incurring expenses to do so. Our
winter convention, Summer Rendezvous, Website and Newsletter
all cost money but are necessary to promote trapping,
educate both trappers and non-trappers and keep trappers
informed and aware of anything related to trapping.
Unfortunately, with only 20% of licensed NB trappers buying
a membership, the budget gets pretty limited at times. In
order to help our budget out, the NBTFHF is asking all
trappers to "Donate Fur the Federation" .
It's not always easy to part
with cold hard cash, but donating a pelt seems a little
easier and will help the NBTFH in exactly the same way. When
your dropping your fur off to Fur Harvesters Auction or
North American Fur Auctions for sale at the auction, donate
a pelt (or two) to the NBTFHF. We have an account at both
Auction Houses and you simply have to tell the pick-up agent
you'd like to donate it to the NBTFHF and give them the fur
you'd like to donate.
The New Brunswick Trappers &
Fur Harvesters would like to thank trappers in advance for
their donation, it will be greatly appreciated and certainly
be a big help in our continued work to benefit trappers in
Plaster Rock Area Trappers Take
Trapper Ed Course
A Trapper Education course was
held on April 29th, 2011 at the Plaster Rock Welcome Center.
A total of 22 students took part in the course. Everybody
present showed lots of enthusiasm and was eager to learn. A
special thank you goes out to the Professional Volunteer
Instructors who took the time to instruct during this fun
and instructive weekend; Frank Hathaway, Bert Laforge,
Charles Neveu, Roland Michaud & Ken Eagle. (Taken picture,
Donald Parent, Region 4 – Trapper Education Coordinator).
Warning Poster Available for
Trappers who would like to warn
the general public that fur harvesting is taking place in
their area can now download and print the poster below. The
posters can be used in those areas where, although it is
legal to trap, there may be a chance that non trappers may
frequent from time to time to walk their pets. The poster is
in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to open and
print the poster. You can download Reader by clicking this
Download Adobe Reader
Here To Download Poster
Fur Harvesters Auction Offers Online
Trappers who ship their fur with
Fur Harvesters Auction can now check their accounts online.
Shippers can view sales results, unsold fur, grades etc
simply by logging into their account on the Fur Harvester's
site. Shippers will need to register with their
trapper/account number and address but once done it is
instant access. Go to
www.furharvesters.com to register.
Restraining Traps Certified for
Canadian Trappers will have a
couple of more options for this season in regards to available
traps for raccoon. Two dog proof restraining traps, the
Duffer's Dog Proof and the Lil' Griz Getter have both been
approved and certified for use on the line for raccoon. They
will give trappers some options on different types of sets and
locations than would be possible with bodygrips. Provincial
regulations must still be followed in regards to legal setting
distances, however, they will be ideal for locations where
trappers previously passed up setting bodygrips because of the
risk of dogs running at large. The Duffer's and Lil' Griz are
more money than 160s and 220s, they start at about $20 each
depending on where they are purchased and may require a
Trapping Stories & Articles
We like to keep things
interesting here on the NBTFHF Website. Trappers love to hear
and read about other trappers experiences out on the line.
Whether its about your first season, favourite set, a funny
experience, tips and tricks or any other trapping related
subject, we'd love to put it on the site. No need to worry
about spelling, punctuation or grammar, we can edit it and fix
it up like you were the Teacher's Pet in English class. If you
have a few pictures to go along with it, even better, send
them along too.
Send your stories &
articles to the NBTFHF Webmaster by Clicking here.
Fatal Coyote Attack In Nova Scotia
A 19-year-old folk singer from Toronto has died after being
attacked by two coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National
Taylor Josephine Stephanie
Luciow, who went by the stage name Taylor Mitchell, died
overnight at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. She
had been on tour in the Maritimes.
Mitchell was hiking on the
Skyline Trail when she was attacked Tuesday afternoon. She
was taken to the hospital in Cheticamp, then airlifted to
Halifax in critical condition.
Park officials said Mitchell
was walking the trail alone. They said other hikers managed
to scare off the coyotes and call 911.
An RCMP officer shot at one
of the animals but couldn't find the body. Later Tuesday
evening, park staff located another coyote and killed it.
Derek Quann, the park's resource conservation manager, said
he doesn't know whether it was one of the ones involved in
the attack. He said there were no signs on the animal's body
that it had been shot.
Quann said he believes there
are five or six coyotes in the area. Park staff were still
trying to track down the other coyote involved in the attack
"One of the individuals may
be dead now and may have gone off into the woods and died
after some distance," said Quann.
Germaine LeMoine, a Parks
Canada spokeswoman, said the hunt for the second coyote
would go "around the clock." The trail where the attack
happened has been barricaded.
LeMoine said even if a second
animal is found and killed, the trail would not be opened
until officials could conclude they had both coyotes
involved in the attack and the trail was safe for the
The NBTFHF with funding from the
NB Wildlife Trust Fund is carrying out a Marten Nesting Box
project in New Brunswick forests. NB Trappers are placing the
nest box in areas that Marten inhabit but may not have many
suitable nesting locations. It is hoped that with the aid of
the nest boxes, Marten will remain in the area and use the
boxes for nesting locations, enhancing a healthy population of
Marten in the province. Click here to read more on the Marten
Nesting Box Project.
Black Bears Raising Concern
Black Bear sightings in urban
areas in New Brunswick are raising some concern from residents
not used to seeing them so close. Increased sightings are
occurring in many parts of the province but seem to be most
common in the Fredericton and Saint John areas.
Department of Natural Resources
personnel have placed live traps in a number of locations in
hopes of trapping and relocating the offending bears to a more
remote location. However, competing with compost, household
garbage and dumpsters is making it difficult to lure the bears
into the live traps.
Part of the problem seems to
be an increase in population due to less hunting pressure. The
downturn in the North American economy and the higher Canadian
Dollar means fewer non resident hunters are visiting the
province to hunt, allowing the population to increase rapidly.
European Union Votes To Ban Seal
HARPER GOVERNMENT WILL DEFEND
HUMANE AND SUSTAINABLE SEAL HUNT ON THE WORLD STAGE
OTTAWA – The Government of Canada today expressed its deep
disappointment, concern, and opposition to the vote by the
European Parliament to move towards a ban on products from
Canada’s humane and sustainable seal hunt.
“The decision by the European Parliament lacks any basis in
facts,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries
and Oceans. “The Canadian seal hunt is guided by rigorous
animal welfare principles which are internationally recognized
by independent observers. I once again caution my European
counterparts about the dangers of pursuing politically
motivated bans on other countries’ traditional industries. Our
government will stand up for the jobs and communities that
depend on the seal hunt.”
“If the EU imposes a trade ban on seal products it must
contain an exemption for any country, like Canada, that has
strict guidelines in place for humane and sustainable sealing
practices," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
"If there is no such acceptable exemption, Canada will
challenge the ban at the World Trade Organization (WTO).”
The Government of Canada is studying the exact wording of the
proposed regulation and will take appropriate action to
protect the Canada’s sealing industry and continue to defend
the interests of Canadian sealers. It will also continue to
work with provincial, territorial and industry partners to
maintain access to other markets for seal products and to
identify and build new markets.
“A European ban would have a devastating impact on thousands
of Canadian families in remote coastal communities who rely on
the seal hunt for 25 to 35 per cent of their annual income,”
added Minister Shea. “In these difficult economic times the
impact of such a loss is even more serious and many families
will have to make tough decisions about their future if access
to the European market is lost.”
The European Parliament’s proposed ban cannot become law until
it has been adopted by the Council of the European Union,
which represents the member states. Ministers Shea and Day
announced that the Government of Canada will continue to
aggressively counter the misinformation campaign being waged
by professional anti-seal hunt lobby groups in order to ensure
that the decision of the Council would be based on accurate
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Did you know the November Full Moon
is called "Beaver Moon"?
Watch the video from Farmers Almanac and see why!
Survives 4 Days In Woods Pinned Under ATV
An Alberta man who
spent four days trapped beneath his all-terrain vehicle in the
woods as coyotes circled nearby says he had to go into
"survival mode" to make it out alive.
On Jan. 8, Ken Hildebrand of Fort McMurray was collecting
animal traps near Livingston Gap, a rural area about 130
kilometres southwest of Calgary, when his ATV rolled over and
pinned his leg.
That's where he would remain for the next three nights -- 96
hours in all. He had food, water, and even a first aid kit,
but all of them were out of the trapped man's reach.
"I had everything I needed, but I just couldn't get to it,"
said the 55-year-old college instructor and part-time
Making matters worse, a pack of coyotes were just metres away,
ready to pounce at Hildebrand and the beaver meat that was
rotting next to him.
The only thing keeping them from attacking was a whistle he
But Hildebrand -- who teaches wilderness first aid -- wasn't
just concerned about the wild animals. He also had to face
Alberta's winter temperatures, which dropped to -17 C
He knew that heat loss was a major concern, and the clothing
he had on wouldn't be enough. Having just collected animal
traps, Hildebrand used a dead beaver to keep himself warm.
"I skinned part of (the beaver) and laid it down beneath my
groin and my stomach," he told CTV Calgary.
"That's because you lose 30 per cent of the body's heat from
your groin area, and you lose about 60 per cent from your
The animal meat he had was rotting, but with no other food,
Hildebrand couldn't be picky. It made him sick, but he ate the
decaying meat in his struggle to survive.
Hildebrand says he had to be inventive. With no water around,
he used his knife to dig the frost from the earth around him.
He ate the dirt, just to get moisture. He also used surveyor's
tape to retrieve some dew.
When he didn't show up to work, his coworkers started a
search. Just when he thought he would die out in the wild,
Hildebrand was found by a hiker walking his dog.
Hildebrand's wife and daughter were in B.C. when he went
missing. They didn't even know he was in trouble until they
got the news of his rescue. He was taken to hospital suffering
from injuries to his leg, hypothermia, frostbite, and
dehydration. The injuries aren't life threatening, but he's
already had several operations to treat the frostbite and
injuries to his legs.
Hildebrand, who already has a weak leg due to polio, may still
need to have his foot amputated.
With files from the Associated Press and a report by CTV
Calgary's Terry Vogt
Skunk Odour Removal Solution
Getting the smell of skunk off
your dog or even yourself can be very difficult.
Fortunately, there is a solution that works very well and can
me made with ingredients found right in your home. The
1 Litre of Hydrogen Peroxide
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon of Liquid Dish
Mix the ingredients well and apply
with a sponge or cloth making sure to keep it out of the eye
area. The mixture has proven to work very well. Trappers on
the NB Wildlife Rabies Control Program have used it many times
to remove skunk odour successfully. It was also tested on an
episode of MythBusters and found to out perform all commercial
products they tested.
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