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Caring for Wildlife Ecologicaly Sound Highly Regulated Benefits Common and Abundant THE HIGHEST PRIORITY

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Trapping is a Highly Regulated Activity

Within the United States, state fish and wildlife agencies have legal authority and pass laws governing wildlife resources. State environmental police officers and game wardens enforce trapping laws and regulations in every part of the country. There are various types of laws that apply to trapping within each northeastern state and province. Laws that regulate trapping by various means include:

bulletMandatory licensing of trappers
bulletMandatory daily checking of traps
bulletMandatory trapper education
bulletRestricted seasons for trapping
bulletRestrictions on the size of traps
bulletRestricted areas for trapping certain species
bulletRestrictions on the types of traps
bulletMandatory tagging of traps to identify owner

Professional wildlife biologists monitor the populations of furbearing animals. Scientific studies are conducted to ensure these species are managed properly. In addition, research focused on the traps themselves identifies which traps work best with each species, and which need improvements. New and improved traps are continually being developed.


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