muskrat furs en Asian buyers want muskrat furs, Michigan trappers cashing in <p>As Asian economies continue to expand, so do the tastes of Asian consumers, and as <span class="author_byline"><span class="author vcard"><a class="fn" href=""> Maria Amante with the Grand Rapids Press reports</a></span></span>, a steady increase in the overseas popularity of coats made from muskrat fur has meant Michigan trappers have been fetching higher prices for their catches.</p><p>Amante writes:</p><blockquote><p>Asian countries are buying raw material for fur garments from Michigan trappers, and muskrats &mdash; one of the most popular furs with foreign buyers &mdash; are among the most abundant fur-bearing animals in the state.</p><p>&ldquo;The Chinese can&rsquo;t get enough of them,&rdquo; said Kevin Syperda, owner of Sy&rsquo;s Fur Shed, a fur buyer in Pierson. &ldquo;We call (muskrat) the poor man&rsquo;s mink.&rdquo;</p><p>Syperda says muskrats defy economics: They are in high supply and their demand is high, yet the price for them is going up for the third consecutive year.</p></blockquote><p>Amante explains that &quot;muskrat pelts fetch as much as $10, depending on quality,&quot; and that &quot;trappers, on average, catch between 50 and 100 each season.&quot;</p><p>For the less-squeamish, the story also includes a <a href="">slideshow</a> and <a href="">video</a> of the process of skinning and drying a muskrat pelt.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:56:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5721 at Asian buyers want muskrat furs, Michigan trappers cashing in