March 21

Emily the Trapper

photo by Colin Way

photo by Colin Way

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel check traps on an Alberta trapline with trappers Emily Lamb and Bill Abercrombie.  Lamb is one of the most interesting young women I’ve met in a long time, and what she and Bill had to say about trapping surprised me. Rather than adhering to the stereotype of being buckskinned animal murderers bent on harvesting animals for fur, today’s trappers play a crucial role in conservation and wildlife management. In order to help the many, sometimes you have to kill the few.

My story about Emily, which the clever folks at Swerve Magazine named “She Got Game,” can be found online here.