There were 6,964 licensed trappers in Maine in 1988, but by this year that numbe
There were 6,964 licensed trappers in Maine in 1988, but by this year that number had declined to 4,661, and that number includes several hundred omnibus licenses issued to Maine Indians. The number of non-Indian trappers has declined from 5,261 in 1988 to 2,660 today. Most skunks and racoons that are trapped are trapped by non-Indian trappers, and the decline in non-Indian trappers has resulted in an increase in the populations of skunk and racoons. The bulk of rabies cases involves skunks and racoons, and rabies and other diseases are more likely to spread when animal populations increase.
Halper, Evan, "There were 6,964 licensed trappers in Maine in 1988, but by this year that numbe" (1995). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1448.