The Code for Responsible Trapping states that during trapping operations, trappers should:
- Show compassion for the animals they capture.
- Develop skills so that furs are properly prepared for market.
- Know and practice proper releasing and killing methods.
- Record all trap-set locations and captures of furbearers.
- Dispose of animal carcasses properly.
- Report the presence of diseased animals to a Fish and Wildlife district office.
To foster and maintain good relations within their communities and to gain public support, trappers should:
- Respect the rights and property of others.
- Protect and conserve wildlife, and wildlife habitat.
- Help farmers and other landowners who are having problems with nuisance animals.
- Encourage and support trapper education and public awareness programs.
- Support trappers' and other wildlife conservation organizations.
- Support and cooperate with government wildlife agencies.
- Report illegal activities.
Trappers are encouraged to employ the following practices:
- Make sets that are designed to capture only the intended species of fur-bearer.
- Make only as many sets as they can manage effectively.
- Anchor traps or snares securely to hold the largest animal that they may catch.
- Install a centre-mounted , swivelling, short chain (no longer than 30 cm or 12 in., equipped with a shock absorber) for
land foothold traps sets that are solidly anchored.
Posted: May 2008
Updated: October 2008