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.

Community Relations

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