Ray Catron talks about growing up in Cameron, Missouri, where he began his trapping career at the age of seven hunting mostly civet cats and possums. He reminisces about moving to Billings, Montana, when he was 20 years old. Catron describes working on the railroad, trapping, and becoming involved in predator control in the Billings area. He talks about using his greyhound dogs for predator control to track down bears and coyotes that were threatening livestock. Catron also compares trapping methods and attitudes among trappers of the 1930s and ‘40s with those of the 1980s.
The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.
Lake Catherine Hide and Fur; Trapping, Montana; Predator control; Fur trapping methods; Fur trapping equipment; Predator control, greyhounds; Billings, Montana; Yellowstone County, Montana
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Catron, Ray, "Ray Catron Interview" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 14.