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FHA Sale Results


Yesterday’s auction results proved to be far better than expected on many articles. Our buying crowd was stronger than expected as well. At the opening of the sale we experienced some technical IT issues that affected our live web cast. It was decided to start the auction on the scheduled time rather than incontinence our buying crowd, many of whom had flights later in the day. I personally apologize to those of you who were unable to view the web cast. Several new first time Chinese buyers registered adding to our largest attendance for a January opener in many years. We did not offer a full scale assortment of wild goods as has been our policy in January the past many years. Results on many items advanced and in the case of raccoon sold surprisingly well and ALL these purchases are for direct shipping to be used and not bought for speculation which is key to this items recovery. Beaver sold similar to last year’s levels and we are being told this item will slowly rise as the season progresses. Our January beaver prices have been the strongest for many years and we believe the price will increase in March. Wild mink and otter sold at good levels over last year and again are expected to see increases in March at our Finland auction.

Our muskrat offering was valued strongly over May 2016 levels. We did this knowing production numbers would be low and demand is good for this item. We were advised that our evaluations were high prior to auction but we held to our position and sold where we could about 35% of the collection at levels well over last season. We sold large muskrats at $5 US and large rats last May sold for less than half that. ALL the best rats in the big sizes were unsold and will be offered in March in Finland. We are the only auction selling a full assortment of wild fur between now and May and we are confident that our muskrat evaluations will be more acceptable come March 2017 at our sale in Finland. The coyote sale was the highlight of the auction selling amazingly strong. Competition was very bullish with the middle class of western and eastern grades advancing well over double last year’s already strong levels. All semi and heavy coyotes will move extremely well all season as the trade is aware of the low production on this popular trim item. Eastern Red fox sold well as it is being sought as a trim item. A small offering of re-consigned sables sold strongly over last year’s marks. Sable sales at the retail coat level were very good this fall and early winter and will see great competition on our premier fresh collection in March in Finland. Moving forward to our next auction which will offer a full assortment of wild goods we have a very solid list of buyers already registered. As well much growing interest by new buyers wishing to attend we expect a record crowd in Finland. Without question this year’s largest attendance of Russian buyers to visit any sale anywhere.

We are selling between the Black Glama Ranch Mink of American Legend and The Blue Fox of Saga Furs the most famous Brands in the world of Fur. Our wild fur shippers will achieve the greatest exposure in the world and our results will be on the LEADING EDGE of the 2017 season. We have extended our last receiving dates to allow trappers to capitalize on this sale, as we are the only ones offering a FULL array of wild goods until May 2017. We know and understand trappers, and most trappers wish to sell and be paid in a timely fashion. For late shipments outside Ontario contact the agent in your region. ( Ontario Trappers call 1 705 495 4688 We thank you all for your support and as always we will push hard to get you the very best results we can now and in the future. Respectfully Mark Downey Chief Executive Officer Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.



The images are incredible. A bobcat that has scampered to the top of a saguaro cactus — and it was quite a climb! The photos were captured in Gold Canyon, on the foot of the Superstition Mountains.

The bobcat was trying to get away from a mountain lion that was stalking it, explains the photographer Curt Fonger. He darted up a 40-foot saguaro, and there he stayed for the remainder of the day.

Curt Fonger and his wife Marta are living out their golden years on wilderness’ edge in Gold Canyon. With over 40 years of photography experience, Curt recently had a career-defining moment.

“I’ve never had the luxury of seeing a bobcat on top of a saguaro,” he says! “Just a beautiful creature, he was displaying himself proudly, kind of looking around, probably trying to see if mister mountain lion was still around… it was almost if he was posing!

Curt says the golden cat with amber eyes stared back at him, perched on top of the cactus for hours. “He was pretty relaxed, he kind of laid on top of the saguaro, shut his eyes,almost as if he was sleeping.”

The bobcat eventually came down, but Curt and Marta are still riding high.

“It was that Kodak moment I think every photographer lives for!”

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Farewell, Sandy Parker

The Pennsylvania Trappers’ Association is sad to share that Sandy Parker has passed away. Amazingly, he was in contact with is just several days ago for details of a fur auction.  Reporting right to the end. Well done Sandy, you will be greatly missed.

Below is a copy of the transcript that was emailed to his subscribers:

Dear Subscriber,

With deep sadness, we inform you that Sandy Parker died suddenly on June 6, 2016 and as a result Sandy Parker Reports will cease publishing.

We thank you for supporting our father’s endeavor, which lasted forty years. It gave him great pleasure to publish his weekly fur newsletter – and we thank you.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 10, 230pm, at New Montefiore Cemetery, in Babylon NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ASAPCT.ORG, an arts education organization inspiring kids (including the financially disadvantaged), or the charity of your choice.

Kindest regards,

His children: Joanne, Carol, Rob

First wolverine confirmed in N.D. since 1800s; none seen in Minn. since 1899

Original story:

For the first time since the late 1800s, a wolverine has been confirmed in North Dakota.

Stephanie Tucker, game management section leader and furbearer biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said the animal was shot last week near Alexander, N.D., in McKenzie County.

“This is the first verified report of a wolverine in the state in modern times,” Tucker said. “We get reports from time to time, and this is the first one we’ve been able to verify.”

The largest members of a scientific family that includes fishers, weasels and badgers, wolverines are known for their elusive, solitary nature and large home ranges that often cover hundreds of miles. Adult males can weigh anywhere from 24 pounds to nearly 40 pounds.

According to reports, a ranch hand shot the animal April 24 after spotting it harassing cattle. Tucker said wolverines are listed in North Dakota as furbearers with a closed season, but state law allows them to be killed if they’re threatening livestock.

In this case, she said, a warden’s investigation concluded the ranch hand who shot the animal was within his rights to do so.

Robert Seabloom, a professor emeritus of biology at UND and author of “Mammals of North Dakota,” said to his knowledge there hasn’t been a verified wolverine record in the state since the 1850s. Wolverines traditionally inhabit forested areas, although they occasionally make prairie travels.

“Alexander Henry and other early fur traders did take them along the Red River and in the Pembina Hills area in the late 18th and early 19th century,” Seabloom said in an email. “Also there may have been a sighting in the (Killdeer Mountains) in the 19th century.”

The wolverine shot last week was a young male. Tucker said the carcass of the animal as of Monday morning still was at the district Game and Fish office in Williston, but once it’s taken to Bismarck, department staff will conduct a necropsy — the animal version of an autopsy — to gather more information about the wolverine’s age, collect DNA samples in an effort to determine its origin and do some basic disease surveillance.

“This definitely will be the first time I’ve ever handled or seen a wolverine, so it will be interesting,” Tucker said.

Tucker said the closest known wolverine population is in Glacier National Park in the northern Rocky Mountains, and breeding populations also are found in northern Canada. Tucker said there was a report in March of a wolverine spotted near Havre, Mont., and she speculates it’s the same animal shot last week in western North Dakota.

“We get reports of wolverines from time to time, and the first thing in my mind is, let’s make sure it’s not a fisher,” Tucker said. Fishers are expanding in North Dakota as far west as the Missouri River corridor, Tucker said, but after seeing photos, she knew the animal was a wolverine.

“If I had to guess, I would anticipate this would be a subadult or young adult male wolverine,” she said.

Seabloom said he suspects the wolverine was dispersing in search of a new home when it came across the rancher’s cattle and its eventual demise.

“Hard to say how he got there,” Seabloom said. “They are known to travel long distances cross country, but I think it more likely he could have followed the Yellowstone or Missouri rivers out of Wyoming or Montana.”

According to an article in the May-June 2003 issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, the last record in Minnesota was taken in 1899 in Itasca County.

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Higher Prices for Coyotes Continue

The international fashion and trim trade again demonstrated strong demand for Coyote, competing aggressively for better sections of Western Coyote. Western Heavy sold 99% at advancing prices, while Western Semi Heavy sold 75%, also at increasing prices.
Overall, Raccoons sold better than expected, with 250,000 going primarily to China and Europe. This is the first time Raccoon has sold in any volume in two years. Better sections and better qualities achieved higher-than-expected prices, while commercial and small sizes continue to sell at discounted prices.

Shearing type Beaver sold well at higher prices, while long hair continues to meet with resistance. Musquash sold 50%, primarily to China.

The results of today’s wild fur auction show a general improvement in the atmosphere of the market.

Ranch Silver Fox sold 65% at levels very firm to recent international auctions.

The Top Lot of Beaver was purchased by A. Borello for Gianfranco Ferré Furs of Milan, Italy for $63.

The Top Lot of Coyote was purchased by Rebellato Graziano of Italy for $340.

The Top Lot of Ranch Silver Fox was purchased by Randy Richards for Glacier Wear of Maine, United States for $100.