Trapping 101: traps, wildlife, and regulations

This video has been produced by the Fédération des Trappeurs Gestionnaires du Québec, and provides an overview of modern trapping, including the development of modern traps, how trapping is regulated, and the importance of training courses for trappers. A transcript follows:

 For centuries, trapping has allowed us to promote the natural beauty and the incomparable qualities of wild fur. Over the years, techniques have evolved greatly. Today, traps used in Canada are certified to meet the International Humane Trapping Standards.

Intensive research involving veterinarians has led to the development of trap types that, depending on the situation, cause the least injury possible, or ensure death within a few seconds for the animals concerned.

Trapping is a highly regulated activity, based on the sustainable and responsible use of an abundant and renewable resource. Regulated trapping seasons and the careful monitoring of fur harvests ensure the sustainable use of wildlife while providing quality furs.

To receive their trapping permits trappers must complete courses to learn to use the most modern methods while respecting wildlife and the conservation of natural habitats.

Naturally, trappers value the fur of animals they capture, but the meat and other parts are also used. Trapping even facilitates the reintroduction of animals that were previously depleted, and also helps to protect endangered species such as woodland caribou, by controlling predators including bears, coyotes and wolves.

The Fédération des Trappeurs Gestionnaires du Québec is proud to promote the benefits of trapping, and the use of fur, a high-quality, renewable resource.