The Trapper small character jug colorway with black show shoes on the handle modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 1967. Trapping, the art of capturing or killing animals by means of traps, has been practiced since prehistoric times. Trapping for furs or pelts as a commercial venture was once widely practiced in North America and the northern parts of Russia. During Canada's early history it was the attractiveness of the fur trade that led to the founding of Quebec, followed by further exploration and the opening up of the interior. Popular fur-bearing animals for trapping in North America included beavers, minks, muskrats, opossums, otters, raccoons and skunks. The hard life of the early trapper, immortalized by Davy Crockett, is that of a rugged fellow living a solitary existence out in the wilds, his enemies the wolves and bears, the extremes of weather and the native Indians. A horn and pair of snowshoes form the handle of the jug.