Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
North Dakota Furtakers Educational Manual
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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