About the Study Guide

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Trapping was once an important method of obtaining fur and food for survival. Today, modern trapping is considered an important tool for wildlife management. Trapping is regulated and monitored to ensure that the most humane methods are used and that wildlife populations are secure. Some of the ways in which trapping is regulated include restrictions on species, seasons, types of traps, and areas where trapping is permitted. Only trappers with proper permits are allowed to participate.

Benefits of trapping include:

  • Controlling animal populations by minimizing starvation, reducing spread of disease, and controlling habitat damage or destruction
  • Protecting personal property by preventing or decreasing flooding caused by beaver dams; predatory harm to livestock or pets; or other damage to homes, trees, gardens, and agricultural crops
  • Protecting certain endangered or threatened species from predatory furbearers
  • Trapping and marking of animals for scientific research
  • Providing recreation, food, and supplemental income