Trappers as Conservationists
Wildlife biologists have long recognized the necessity to save the province’s natural resources from waste and the need to educate the general public in the role of trapping as an critical segment of wildlife management.
All wildlife populations possess natural mechanisms that eventually limit populations densities. When this occurs, competition for limited resources compromises the health of the entire population-the weakened condition of these animals results in the potential decimation of entire species through starvation and disease.
Regulated trapping involves the control of disease and animal population density. Uncontrolled, furbearers are primary conduits for diseases-rabies, giardias, distemper, tularemia and mange – all transmissible to humans.