When officials in Mississippi County discussed a problem with beaver damage to the levees and drainage ditches, they found assistance in an unlikely source. Leslie Bruner-Thresher plays multiple roles as a wife, mother, part-time P.E. teacher, and Mary Kay Sales Director. But she is also a fur trapper. Yes, fur trapper. Leslie’s son has type 1 diabetes and needs several shots a day, so she works part time at his school as a P.E. teacher and wanted an after school activity they could do together. Bruner-Thresher tells KZIM-KSIM it got started as fun and recreation, and then turned to a way she and her son could help in the community. Trapping beavers, muskrats and other animals is an activity that the mother uses to teach her son an understanding of animal habits and habitat relationships, and to appreciate the balance required in nature. Leslie learned her hide tanning skills at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center in February. She hopes to someday bag a bobcat to have mounted on her wall.
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