Furbearer Management Resources

Best Management Practices For Trapping:

The purpose of the Best Management Practices (BMP) process is to scientifically evaluate the traps and trapping systems used for capturing furbearers in the United States. Evaluations are based on animal welfare, efficiency, selectivity, practicality, and safety.

This process was conducted jointly by state and federal natural resources agencies and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and the results are available for wildlife management professionals, the trapping community, and the public:


Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards

The Canadian Wildlife Directors, Competent Authorities for implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) have approved a 2-phase process for implementing the AIHTS in Canada. The traps listed by name have all been certified by a governing competent authority as meeting the requirements of the AIHTS for specific species.


Furbearer manamgement in the Northeast:

Presented by NEAFWA

The Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee (NEFRTC) is comprised of professional wildlife biologists from the northeastern United States and provinces of eastern Canada, and is committed to the study and responsible management of furbearer species.


Reference Articles from our blog:

Articles hand picked outlining specific research data, concepts or material:


Canada: Best Trapping Practices


Presented by Fédération des Trappeurs Gestionnaires du Québec, Fur Institute of Canada, Ministère des Forêts, and de la Faune et des Parcs (Québec). Data provided was designed around trap testing completed through the work of the Trap Research and Development Committee of the Fur Institute of Canada. They are intended as general guidelines for trap users.