Control of the Georgia Fur Industry

With the advent of the 1974-75 trapping season Georgia's Game and Fish Law Enforcement Section elected to place emphasis on the control and management of the fur industry within the State with one reason being to find out, if nothing else, what was the fur industry in the state. As could be expected several things were learned. Deficiencies were detected and an evolutionary process was begun to improve on the managing and control of this valuable resource. Included in this effort to improve upon the State's management and control program was a review of the laws, regulations, and methods of fifteen other states, most of which were in the Southeast. This was done in an attempt to learn of better ways to administer an effective law enforcement program and also to provide a suggested approach to other southeastern states which might find themselves in the same boat with Georgia. The purpose of this paper is to provide some insight into what has been learned.

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