Ears Weren't Turned before Tanning

Submitted by Phil on 12/18/05 at 4:29 PM. ( )

I have a customer who brought in a timber wolf that he purchased in Canada and wants rugged. I took it in just after the local deer season was wrapping up and I was a bit busy when he dropped it off. I took a quick look at it and saw that the pelt had been tanned, had the C.I.T.E.S. tag and it looked like it was in very good condition. I had some time this weekend to take a look at it and measure for the rug shell. Thats when I realized that the ears were not turned before tanning. I've got them turned now and there's no signs of slippage on the ears. I'm wondering what I can do/need to do to safeguard the ears from future problems?

Thanks for any help.

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This response submitted by Jim Marsico on 12/18/05 at 4:39 PM. ( )

the customer now and tell him your concerns and why and then note it on the invoice. Send it off to be tanned so it can not be your fault IF they do slip. From experience I can say that they will most likely be OK.

cites tag? and how-to

This response submitted by 9 on 12/18/05 at 5:59 PM. ( )

If it has a CITES tag it is from Alaska. CITES tags are not issued for Canadian animals. Might want to check out your customer's records for this one before you take it in.

To turn the ears after tanning, just do as you would a skin that had been rehydrated. Rehydrate it, inject the ears, and turn them carefully by hand or by hand and with a butter knife. A turning tool will rip the back earskin quickly. The cartilages may be broken in many places from the tumbling. Thus the ears may have many hidden holes in them. Just keep working on it, you'll get them turned.

Cites Documents

This response submitted by Wayne on 12/19/05 at 8:51 AM. ( )

Better check your info "9". Cites Permits are required to export wolves and Bears out of Canada. Don't even think of trying it without one.


This response submitted by 9 on 12/19/05 at 8:10 PM. ( )

The poster specified CITES Tag.
CITES ***TAGS*** are not put on Canadian animals. Canadian animals come with CITES papers -- which are not tags.
You're correct though - better not import or export without the proper CITES papers!

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