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Code of Responsible Trapping

The following points are keys to trapping in a responsible and ethical manner:

  1. Respect private property.  Do not violate trespass laws or tamper with the property of others.  Ask permission from the landowner.

  2. Know selective and humane trapping systems and use them appropriately.

  3. Check traps regularly, preferably in the morning.

  4. Be aware of others using the outdoors and do not interfere with their activities.

  5. Assist property owners with wildlife damage problems.

  6. Avoid areas or sets likely to result in the capture of domestic animals.

  7. Be a conservationist.  Make an effort to trap only the surplus.

  8. Promptly report wildlife problems such as disease, pollution or habitat destruction.

  9. Identify and record all trap locations accurately.  Pick up all traps promptly when you have finished trapping.

  10. Utilize fur bearer carcasses for human, domestic animal, or wildlife food whenever possible.

  11. Dispose of unused carcasses properly

  12. Provide educational assistance to new trappers.

  13. Support strict enforcement of laws relating to wildlife and wildlife habitat

  14. Respect the rights and feelings of others, even if you disagree with them.

  15. Cooperate with wildlife management agencies.