Fur coming from abundant and wild animal populations in North America has always been a strong element of the economy of this region, even today.
Hunting and trapping furbearing animals remains one of the few viable ways to produce marketable products in some of the most remote regions of the world. The fur trade was one of the strongest early drivers of exploration in North America as the fashionable furs that European luxury buyers desired were in huge abundance in what became the U.S. and Canada.
Wild Fur is sold mainly through two auction houses both in Ontario Canada. These are North American Fur Auctions (http://www.nafa.ca/) in Toronto and Fur Harvesters (http://www.furharvesters.com/) in North Bay.
The varieties of fur sold through these two auction houses show the strong demand for the natural, sustainable and highly varied furs produced in the wild. From beaver to bobcat and coyote to coypu there are many fur varieties to be explored and many natural patterns that can be utilised by designers to create exciting products.
This whole North American wild fur sector is tightly regulated through stringent regional, national and international regulations and legislation that ensure the harvests are sustainable, humane and responsibly–sourced.