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Thanks to the need for warm outer wear or market trends overseas, fur prices advanced this past month and auctions could see considerable bidding activity.

The Erie County Trappers Association Fur Auction is set for Saturday at S&S Taxidermy in Springville. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and check-ins begin at 8 a.m. Organizers ask that trappers sort lots before checking in and consider donations to the NYS Trappers Association Pelt Donation Program. Auction bidding begins at 10 a.m.

For set-up details and all auction info, check with Rick and Patti Wattengel at 337-2556.

The Genesee Valley Trappers Association held its second of four auctions Jan. 20 and most species saw higher prices. High-price sales for beaver, coyote, red and grey fox, mink, muskrat, and raccoon all were higher than Dec. 16 sale prices. Notable for the highest price of a single lot was $101 paid for a bobcat.

The next Genesee Valley auction at the association’s clubhouse will be held Feb. 17. For details on this and other trapping events, call GVTA president Bob Hughes at (585) 728-2471.

Eagle watch

The Kinzua Dam Visitor Center and Wildlife Viewing Platform will offer good viewing sites for American bald eagle activity during an Eagle Watch program from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Spotting scopes will be set up to observe eagles at the federal dam in Warren, Pa. The program is free and open to all. For details, check with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (814) 726-0661.

Wanted dead list

Wildlife Forever keeps a Wanted Dead list that ranks the top 101 invasive species most damaging to fish and wildlife stocks. The sea lamprey has dropped from the top 10 species, but seven of those 10 are entries present and threatening in Western New York areas, including zebra and quagga mussels, hydrilla, the emerald ash borer, feral hogs, and purple loosestrife.

For the complete list and conservation efforts to deal with these invaders, go to wildlifeforever.org/invasive-species.

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