Quebec’s Best Trapping Practices
Best Trapping Practices are guidelines for setting and using traps to reduce the amount of suffering sustained by animals. The guidelines are developed after careful research. I recently learned of the BTP developed in Quebec Canada by the Trap Research and Development Committee of the Fur Institute of Canada.
The information covers, killing traps, restraining devices (footholds and footsnares) and cage traps. Readers may be surprised as I was regarding the tips for use of specialty traps for raccoons. I did not know that the Lil’ Grizz Get’rz should be positioned at a 60 degree angle to the ground. The instructions are superbly illustrated and laid out for easy understanding. Some readers may complain that they are too brief.
Unfortunately, the document doesn’t cover many species. It only details techniques for muskrats, otter, beaver, weasel, marten, fisher, raccoon, lynx, and canids. It is also a bit thin on proper use of cage traps. It should have discussed the use of covers, particularly in light of the cold temperatures had in Canada.
Nevertheless, the pages covering basic principles for kill traps and footholds are essential reading for any trapper interested in humane trapping.
The guidelines can be found at http://www.mrn.gouv.qc.ca/english/publications/wildlife/trapping/trapping-practices.pdf.
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