|When we think about trapping ethics we usually
think about game laws and regulations. It is our responsibility to know
and obey the laws in our state. Trapping ethics go much farther than game
laws set by the state to manage wildlife. Trapping and hunting of furbearing
animals to be used as a renewable resource can benefit both people and wildlife.
A trapper must respect a landowners property and not trespass without permission.
A trapper should close gates, stay on roads unless told otherwise and don't
litter. A trapper should check traps regularly and dispose of carcasses
properly. Trappers and hunters should not steal animals and traps of another
trapper. Always respect the rights of other trappers. Trap only the surplus
animals and report any disease, or habitat destruction to the wildlife management
agencies. There is nothing less ethical than the wasting of fur. All animals
must be properly cared for.