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Fur Heritage Fades as Trapper’s Work Canada’s Loneliest

A frozen lynx carcass hangs upside down, chained to the beam outside the door of a western Alberta cabin, still dusted with snow.

The big cat may thaw for two days by a wood stove before being skinned. Gordy Klassen found the lynx, along with squirrels and martens, as he roared along his trap line on a snowmobile. The lynx died by a semicircle of branches driven into the ground and baited with scented paste and bird parts. It didn’t take the bait; the cat was caught by a second snare laid behind the main trap.