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The future of the blue fox industry


January 13, 2022

Fur buyer Andy Anderson traveled to trapping camps on buying trips around Southeast. In 1921, he wrote an article about the future of the blue fox industry, predicting it would soon become Petersburg's largest. At that time the U.S. Forest Service facilitated fox farming to make use of "useless" islands. In 1938, while setting traps on frigid Sunset Island, Andy fell from an icy cliff. His companions managed a heroic rescue to get him to their boat for the 8 hr. trip back to Petersburg, braving 10 ft. seas, but Andy's injuries were too severe. He died just after Christmas.


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