Best Management Practices:

The following is from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies:

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Trapping in the United States was written by the Furbearer Conservation Technical Work Group of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Development of this document would not have been possible without the cooperation and participation of many state wildlife agencies, expert trappers and trapper organizations.

The purpose of the BMP process is to scientifically evaluate the traps and trapping systems used for capturing furbearers in the United States. Evaluations are based on animal welfare, efficiency, selectivity, practicality and safety. Results of this research are provided as information to state and federal wildlife agencies and trappers. BMPs are intended to inform people about traps and trapping systems considered to be state of the art in animal welfare and efficiency. Through the use of BMP guidelines, trappers can continue to play an important role in furbearer management programs across the United States.

Please click the links below to download the BMP files for the pertaining species. The files are in PDF format.

Introduction

Beaver

Bobcat

Coyote

Fisher

Gray Fox

Marten

Mink

Muskrat

Opossum

River Otter

Raccoon

Red Fox

Skunk

Weasel

Body-Grip Trap Standards (On-Land Use BMPs)