Canadian wildlife foundations across Saskatchewan are no longer accepting animal hides for the first time in just under 40 years.
Executive director of the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation, Michael Kincade, says there is no longer a market for the product and so leather processors no longer pick them up.
Hunters used to be able to drop off their hides at wildlife federations. A leather processor would then pick up the hides and give the proceeds of the leather sales back to the federations.
According to Kincade the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation received about 300 to 400 hides a year, making roughly £1,500 a year from hide sales.
He says hunters will now have to dispose of their hides at landfills.
“It’s a lost revenue for us,” Kincade said. “We will have to look at other options to make up that money.”