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North Dakota Furtakers Educational Manual

Trapping Ethics


When we think about trapping ethics we usually think about game laws and regulations. It is our responsibility to know and obey the laws in our state. Trapping ethics go much farther than game laws set by the state to manage wildlife. Hunting and trapping of furbearing animals to be used as a renewable resource can benefit both people and wildlife. A trapper must respect a landowners property and not trespass without permission. A trapper should close gates, stay on roads unless told otherwise and don't litter. A trapper should check traps regularly and dispose of carcasses properly. Trappers and hunters should not steal animals and traps of another trapper. Always respect the rights of other trappers. Trap only the surplus animals and report any disease, or habitat destruction to the wildlife management agencies. There is nothing less ethical than the wasting of fur. All animals must be properly cared for.
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