By MIKE CORN
Trapping season in Kansas was so dismal this year that the Kansas Furharvesters Association canceled two of its annual fur auctions.
The third, in late February in Abilene, was a mere shadow of itself, according to Roger Macy, a Portis trapper who also serves as vice president of the furharvesting group.
The following are examples of this year's auction compared to previous years.
Raccoon, the most trapped animal in the state, only had 219 sold this year, with a high of $20.50 and an average of $9.48. In February 2009, there were 2,452 sold for an average of $4.25. In February 2008, 1,792 sold for an average of $18.51.
Coyote: This year 39 were sold, with a $23 top and a $9.90 average. In 2009, 214 sold for an average of $6.09; in February 2008, 351 sold for an average of $14.41.
Bobcat: 20 sold this year, with $100 paid for one and an average of $51.22. A year ago, 105 sold for an average of $28.68; the 2008 sale had 306 with an average of $105.57.
Only 38 skunks -- "fluid-driven puddy cats," Macy said -- sold this year with a $2.50 top and average of $1.43. A year ago, 62 sold for $2.10 compared to 67 in 2008 for an average of $4.53.
"That is the most beautiful animal," Macy said. "And they have the softest fur."
Possum: 140 sold, the top receiving $1.50, and an average of 76 cents.
"They're not worth skinning," said Roger Macy, a Portis trapper and vice president of the Kansas Furharvesters Association. "The old furharvester, from the old book, they don't waste anything."
Beaver: 11 sold, with a $16 top and $11.45 average.
Badger: six sold, with a high price of $16 and an average of $8.58.
Muskrat: 125 sold with an $8.50 top and a $7 average.