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110   COMMISSION OF CONSERVATION

The Japan fox or Raccoon dog, and a few thousand skins of two South American species make up the balance.

Brass estimates the world's yearly production of the various species of foxes as follows:

 

FOX SKINS PRODUCED ANNUALLY

The quotations published by fur-buyers make a geographical classification of furs, thus:

RED Fox No. 1, LARGE:*

Alaska, Northern and Western Canada   $12.00

Newfoundland and Labrador   8.50

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakota, Missouri, Michigan    7.50

Eastern Canada, Michigan, New York, and Northeastern states    6.00

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois   5.00

All central and southern States   3.50

RED FOX No. 1, LARGE:t

Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia, Labrador   9.00

Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Ontario    8.00

Northern New York, northern Michigan, Connecticut   7.00

Northern Pennsylvania, central New York, central Michigan   6.00

Central Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, W. Virginia, N.Y   5.00

Central Ohio, northern Indiana, Illinois    4.75 Southern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, north Carolina,

southern Ohio, northern Kentucky   4.50

Southern and Southwestern   4.25

 

The geographical classification reveals the fact that in North Amer-

ica the higher the altitude, or the lower the temperature, the heavier the pelt. Mink descends steadily in value from Labrador to Florida, Eastern Canada mink being quoted at $7.50 in Nov., 1912, and Florida

at $4. A heavy pelt, if properly coloured, is usually the most valuable. Canada, therefore, produces the best fur in the New World as Russia does in the Old. It is quite possible, also, that the pelts of raccoon, opossum

*Fur News Magazine, November, 1912. tFur Trade Review, December, 1912.

COMMON RED Fox   POLAR Fox

Continent

Red

Kit-Fox

 

Silver

Gray Fox

 

White

Cross

Blue

America.. . Europe....

Australia...

200,000 775,000 160,000 30,000

15,000 3,000

6,000 60,000

50,000

30,000 5,000 70,000

4,000 300

6,000 1,000 4,000

Geographical Classification


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