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Fur prices remain strong as Alaska trapping season draws to a close

Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the fur trapping season comes to a close, prices seem to have held to predictions at the beginning of the season, according to one of the state's largest fur buyers.

''Prices for beaver, muskrat, otter, fox and marten are right up there,'' said Joe Mattie, owner of Alaska Raw Fur Co. in Fairbanks.

Mattie's fall price list is the one that state Fish and Game managers look to every year and recommend to others who want to see what the market is doing.

Mattie predicted prices for spring beaver pelts in the $35 to $40 range, and so far the market's been paying that price. Prices for marten, around $40; otter, $40 to $50; and fox, about $25; also have stood fast.

Prices have been strong because demand has remained high while supply has slacked off, he said.

''There are just fewer people out there trapping, but the market's still wanting furs,'' Mattie said.

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