Observe safe trapping practices.

  • Learn about the furbearers you plan to trap. Then you can place your trap line to limit the possibility of non-target catches. If you are using a box or foothold trap, be sure the pan tension is appropriate for the weight of the animal you plan to trap.
  • Use the appropriate bait, lure, or other attractant to minimize the capture of non-target species.
    • Species have selective needs for food.
    • Bait should not be visible to prevent non-target species, such as hawks and owls, from being caught.
    • Many states prohibit setting traps near large carcasses to attract animals and regulate the bait or attractant that can be used.
  • Choose your trap location carefully.
    • Avoid locations where the animal could get tangled in fences or other objects that could cause injury.
    • Select a location that minimizes the chance that objects or debris will prevent the trap from functioning properly.
    • Place traps away from well-traveled paths or residential areas. Remember that pets are not always on a leash.