Trapping pursuits are well under way, with auctions and how-to sessions set for the season.

Genesee Valley Trappers Association (GVTA) held its first of four auctions on Dec. 16. Lot numbers were low and highs for average prices on coyote, red and gray fox and raccoon held at about the same higher averages for the preceding year.

Warmer weather dropped lots to just 153 offered by 16 sellers for the first GVTA. On average, monthly lots will exceed 200 and about 25 sellers will bring lots to the auction. The next GCVA auction will be held on Jan. 20.

The Erie County Trappers Association will hold a Fur Handling Seminar at Collins Conservation Society from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 5. This free seminar is open to all ages and trapping-skill levels.

The association runs its Raw Fur Auction at S&S Taxidermy in Springville on Feb. 2. For more details on the ECTA seminar and auction, call 337-2556.

A Raw Fur Auction is set for Jan. 19 at the Hinsdale Fire Hall. Sellers can bring in lots at 7:30 a.m. and bidding begins at 10 a.m. For complete details, call 257-9045 or 763-3416.

Eager Beagles

Snow cover may not greet Santa’s sleigh, but hunters with beagles are thumping around in search of cottontail rabbits now in preparation for the Northern Chautauqua Beagle Club’s Annual Rabbit Hunt on Jan. 13.

An entry fee of just $5 puts hunters into a contest that day. Registrations go from 6 to 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For registration and format information, check with Pete Criscione (366-8989), Liz Dorman (595-3993), or John Depew (789-5522).

Activist jailed

Camille Marino, founder of the militant animal rights website “Negotiation is Over,” could not negotiate herself out of prison.

Marino, a Florida-based activist, has traveled nationwide to protest research projects. Along with her travels, she has posted names and addresses of professors and research personnel on her radical website, which has led to the harassment of education officials.

A Wayne State University professor in Michigan obtained a personal protection court order against Marino after receiving threats as a result of Marino’s website postings.

She then when to the university library and chained herself to the front door to protest the court order. As a result of this action, she received a six-month jail term. As part of her sentencing, she was ordered to cease making mention of the professor at any time.

Marino faces similar charges from a university professor in New Mexico.

Both professors use animals in research lab projects. For more details, go to