Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildlife and Trapper Groups Differ over the Point of Saskatchewan Beaver Derby

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildlife and Trapper Groups Differ over the Point of Saskatchewan Beaver Derby

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Groups differ over value of beaver derby

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SASKATOON - A national wildlife group is slamming a beaver-hunting derby underway in Saskatchewan.

It's the first year for the derby, which runs until May 10.

The competition offers cash prizes to hunters or trappers who kill the largest beaver or who come up with the most combined weight in beaver carcasses in 40 days.

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals says the event is inhumane and ecologically harmful.

The Saskatchewan Trappers Association says the derby helps eliminate bad hunting practices and teaches others how to utilize the entire animal carcass and fur.

It says at this time of year beavers are often killed and left in the field to rot.

"They're putting a price on wildlife like this, where basically we're just incentivizing people to go out and just shoot and kill as many beavers as they possibly can, just for a buck," said Adrian Nelson of the Vancouver-based wildlife association. …

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