14 Guidelines for Responsible Trapping: A Trapper's Code of EthicsWednesday, February 15, 2017
The following points are keys to trapping in a responsible and
#1 Respect private
Do not violate trespass laws or tamper with the property
of others. Ask permission from the landowner.
selective and humane trapping systems (BMPs) and use them
Traps that abide by BMP standards are based on sound
scientific and biological evidence that ensure the welfare of
captured wildlife, the efficiency of the traps, and the safety of
#3 Check traps regularly,
preferably in the morning.
Be ethical to the wildlife you are pursuing and check your
traps regularly. Under Mississippi law, traps must be checked every
#4 Be aware of others using the
Many people enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Be
respectful of other people's activities.
#5 Assist property owners with
wildlife damage problems.
Wildlife sometimes damage private property and landowners
often need help to address that damage.
#6 Avoid areas or sets likely to
result in the capture of domestic
While there are dog-proof traps for raccoons and possums,
larger traps meant for foxes, coyotes, and bobcats may sometimes
trap a curious domestic dog or cat.
#7 Be a conservationist. Make an
effort to trap only the surplus.
While eliminating predators may benefit certain species of
wildlife, eliminating all predators from an area could have an
adverse effect on widlife populations.
#8 Promptly report wildlife
problems such as disease, pollution or habitat
To report wildlife violations in Mississippi, call the
MDWFP 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-BE-SMART.
#9 Identify and record all trap
This will allow you to pick up all traps promptly when you
have finished trapping.
#10 Dispose of unused carcasses
Ethical trappers are known for using all parts of the
animal. Improper disposal could lead to other wildlife
#11 Provide educational
assistance to new trappers.
The heritage of trapping depends upon teaching these
skills to new people and the next generation.
#12 Support strict enforcement of
laws relating to wildlife and wildlife
The reputation of trappers and the health of our
population department depend on it.
#13 Respect the rights and
feelings of others, even if you disagree with
Many people may not be familiar with the role of trapping
in wildlife management. It is up to us to help them understand its
role in conservation.
#14 Cooperate with wildlife
State and federal agencies are responsible for managing our
wildlife populations and serving their users. We owe it to them to
support these agencies as well.