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This is a list of reading materials that include both educational, scientific writings and informational works from career professionals. Make sure to view the list to the left as well!

bullet Potential Cost of Losing Hunting and Trapping as Wildlife Management Methods

Report created by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.  Prepared in response to the many inquiries regularly received by state and provincial wildlife agencies regarding hunting and trapping.  Wildlife professionals with resource management agencies want the public to understand that, besides being a legitimate and closely regulated activity, hunting and trapping are also important wildlife management tools that help them maintain healthy ecosystems and wildlife populations.  Report references Massachusetts directly on pages 27, 28 & 43.

bulletThe North American Model of Wildlife Conservation as Means of Creating Wealth, Protecting Public Health while Generating Biodiversity

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation arose as a continental conservation model in close cooperation between the United States and Canada in the first two decades of the 20th Century.  Organized sportsmen were behind this new system of conserving wildlife.  It grew and developed subsequently in populist fashion across many jurisdictions via a mixture of grassroots democracy and elite guidance.

bullet "Animal Rights:" Pernicious Nonsense For Both Law & Public Policy

This is an AMAZING, meticulously written and well thought out essay on the Animal Rights movement. 

Richard Latimer is a practicing attorney in Falmouth, MA, doing business as Richard K. Latimer, Attorney at Law, 222 Main Street, Falmouth, MA.  His practice centers on litigation with a focus on personal injury and disability law, in addition to contracts, construction disputes and other insurance litigation as well. Telephone (508) 548-7006 and e-mail

bulletImproving Animal Welfare in U.S. Trapping Programs

This report summarizes the 'first steps' of the fur resources technical subcommittee and the working group to identify, compile and synthesize data.  The group was also tasked with conceptualizing and designing processes to improve trapping and the welfare of trapped animals in the United States. (large document - 4 megabytes)

bullet Trapper Education Manual

Trapping is part of our North American heritage. First-time trappers in many states and Canadian provinces must complete a trapper education program covering skills, regulations, and trapping's role in scientific c wildlife management. Trapper education programs teach basic techniques with a strong focus on the responsible treatment of animals, legal methods, safety, selectivity, and ethical trapper behavior. This Trapper Education Program was developed by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA). The Association represents professionals from the fish and wildlife agencies of the states, provinces, and federal governments of the U.S. and Canada. The program was developed to:

1.  Protect the health, safety, and welfare of people, wildlife, and domestic animals
2.  Support wildlife conservation programs that sustain species and ecosystems for the benefit of future generations
3.  Increase the benefits society currently receives from regulated trapping activities   

bullet Egg trap and Wire Cage Study

This study is an example of the innovation and efforts being made on restraint device design.  It effectively shows that modern restraint designs have the welfare of the animal as a high priority and can be extremely effective.

bullet Massachusetts Committee for Responsible Wildlife Display (Poster Size *.pdf )

This display is used at conferences, meetings, County Fairs, etc.  Highlights the critical role that a furbearer trapping program has in any successful state wildlife management plan

bulletA MUST READ!! Cutting Through "Feelings" to Get To Facts

April 15, 2008 / by Jim Beers


- Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow.  He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Centreville, Virginia with his wife of many decades.


bullet CRWM Tri-fold

This is a PDF version of our tri-fold handout that explains who the Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management is, the mission of the organization, it's strategy and how people can get involved.







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