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Die Rohstoffe des Tierreichs

Nature volume 130, pages 455456 (24 September 1932) | Download Citation



IN the sixth part of this work the account of the fur-bearing animals is completed. It is satisfactory to note that the colony of seals on the Pribilof Islands is increasing and comprises about a million individuals. In 1929 about forty thousand skins of this seal were collected. The order Carnivora is stated to include the largest number of species of fur-bearers and to provide the most costly skins—for example, those of the American fox, the finest examples of which from the Hudson Bay region, Labrador, and Alaska, are worth 50–400 marks each, and about 250,000 a year are sold. Of the European fox, about a million skins a year are collected; the Norwegian examples command the highest price, about 100–150 marks. The dearest fox skin is that of the silver fox, the finest specimens of which come from Labrador and have been known to realise up to 6000–8000 marks a skin.

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