Trapping

New York State is one of the nation's top producers of wild furs for the commercial fur trade. New York City remains a center for the production and marketing of fur garments.

Trapping provides important benefits to New Yorkers including: the control of nuisance damage, economic benefits to trappers and people involved in the fur industry, and recreation to trappers.

The 14 species of furbearing animals in New York are abundant and their populations are secure. DEC regulates trapping seasons to ensure the continued security of New York's furbearer populations.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/355.html

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Muskrats are a Lenten delicacy for some in southeast Michigan

"While the Lenten season usually signals a break from guilty pleasures like red meat, social media or alcohol, some Downriver communities are counting their lucky stars that Muskrats don't fall on that list."

"Yes, Muskrats."

"In fact, Trinity Lutheran Church in Wyandotte still holds an annual Muskrat dinner to kick off the Lenten season. Don't worry, spaghetti is offered as an alternative. "

"The exemption for eating the semi-aquatic rodent falls under a Catholic notion dating back to the 1800s that since Muskrats live in the water, they should be viewed as fish. Hour Detroit Magazine reports the Archdiocese of Detroit said "there is a standing dispensation for Catholics Downriver" to the eat animal on Fridays, even though there is "no documentation."