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Dispatch trapped animals in the most humane way possible.

  • Shooting: The preferred way to kill a trapped animal is to shoot it in the head with a small caliber firearm, such as a .22-caliber rimfire rifle, which will not damage the animal's fur. Prior to shooting, remember the four primary rules of firearm safety.
  • Drowning Traps: At some locations, traps can be set to drown the animal when caught. One example is a snare placed in the water.
  • Blunt Force: The least preferred way to dispatch a trapped animal is by using blunt force to the back of the animal's head.