Ray Catron Interview, July 18, 1981


Ray Catron


Edd Nentwig



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


Lake Catherine Hide and Fur; Trapping, Montana; Predator control; Fur trapping methods; Fur trapping equipment; Predator control, greyhounds; Billings, Montana; Yellowstone County, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 099-018

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:47:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_018.mp3; OH_099_018.pdf

Ray Catron Interview, July 18, 1981