Furbearer Management Resources

Experts from all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies and other conservation groups that care about the environment, natural resources and animal welfare are working together to improve and modernize the technology of trapping through scientific research.


PUBLICATIONS

National Furbearer Harvest Statistics Database
Updated annually, the National Furbearer Harvest Statistics Database presents furbearer harvest statistics from state agencies dating from 1970. 

Modern Snaring Technology White Paper
This white paper details state-of-the-art modern snaring technologies and explains how they can be used to produce the best animal welfare results.

Web-based National Trapper Education Program
AFWA's National Trapper Education Program was developed collaboratively with state and federal agencies as well as trapping experts from around the country to provide an online mechanism for states to certify trappers using consistent national content standards and learning objectives.

Trapper Education Student Manual 
This trapper education student manual developed by AFWA teaches basic trapping techniques with a strong focus on the responsible treatment of animals, legal methods, safety, selectivity and ethical trapper behavior.

Ownership and Use of Traps by Trappers in the U.S. in 2004
The goal of this study was to gain a better understanding of trappers, their equipment and their techniques for taking furbearing species. It provides information to allow informed decisions on regulations, ISO standards, trapper education and trap testing.

Summary of Trapping Regulations for Fur Harvesting in the U.S. in 2007
The summary information presents conditions and restrictions that were current within existing state laws governing U.S. at the time the survey was conducted in 2007.

Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation
This document is a compilation of the knowledge, insights and experiences of professional wildlife biologists who are responsible for the conservation of wildlife resources throughout the U.S. and Canada.

How to Avoid Incidental Take of Lynx While Trapping or Hunting Bocats and Other Furbearers
The purpose of this publication is to help achieve the goal of reducing injury and mortality to the Threatened Canada lynx population in the contiguous U.S., which may occur as a result of hunting or trapping bobcats and other furbearers.

Potential Costs of Losing Hunting and Trapping
To help the public and the media understand the need for regulated public hunting and trapping, this report presents trends on nuisance wildlife and associated damages with explanations on how hunting and trapping can help maintain healthy and acceptable wildlife populations. 

Insutry & Trade Summary: Furskins
A summary  by the United States International Trade Commission that covers the U.S. Industry and certain foreign industries of furskins, raw and tanned or dressed, dyed or not dyed over the period of 1998-2002.

Improving Animal Welfare in Trapping 
This report summarizes the results of the "first steps" of efforts of the Subcommittee and the working group to identify, complie, and synthesize data to conceptualize and design processes for improving trapping and the welfare of trapped animals in the U.S.


VIDEOS

Regulated Trapping and Furbearer Management in the U.S.
This 15-minute video presents the wildlife agency pespective on regulated trapping and furbearer management.

Trapping Matters
A two-part video that presents an overview of regulated trapping and furbearer management for use in hunter education courses.

To request copies of the videos, contact Bryant White at bryant.white@mdc.mo.gov 


LINKS

North American Trapper Education Program
AFWA's online national trapper education program

Conservewildlife.org
Professional outlook on trapping and furbearer management

The Fur Institute of Canada
Excellence in the conservation and sustainable development of Canada's fur resources

The National Trappers Association
Promotes sound conservation, legislation and administrative procedures

USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Wildlife Service
Provides federal leadership in managing problems caused by wildlife

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Provides federal leadership in the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats.

 


 

 

 
 
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