Trapping's role in conservation and management of furbearer populations can be viewed in terms of the following key points:

Trapping is Highly Regulated
Trapping is Ecologically Sound
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Trapping's Benefits to Society

Within the United States, state fish and wildlife agencies have legal authority and pass laws governing wildlife resources. State environmental police officers and game wardens enforce trapping laws and regulations in every part of the country. There are various types of laws that apply to trapping within each northeastern state and province. Laws that regulate trapping by various means include:

  • Mandatory licensing of trappers
  • Mandatory daily checking of traps
  • Mandatory trapper education
  • Restricted seasons for trapping
  • Restrictions on the size of traps
  • Restricted areas for trapping certain species
  • Restrictions on the types of traps
  • Mandatory tagging of traps to identify owner

Professional wildlife biologists monitor the populations of furbearing animals. Scientific studies are conducted to ensure these species are managed properly. In addition, research focused on the traps themselves identifies which traps work best with each species, and which need improvements. New and improved traps are continually being developed.

Trapping is Ecologically Sound Animals are Common & Abundant
Trapping has Benefits to Society

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