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The purpose of the best furbearer management practices for Trapping Program (BMPs) is to improve regulated trapping by evaluating trapping devices and techniques used for the capture of furbearers and educating those who use traps about the most humane, safe, selective, efficient and practical devices. Read more...
In 1996, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies began one of the most ambitious research projects in the history of the conservation movement: a program to develop best furbearer management practices for regulated trapping. The BMP program aims to evaluate animal welfare, identify efficient tools and techniques, and develop recommendations for state fish and wildlife agencies to consider as an element of their wildlife management programs and trapper education.
1.) Best Management Practices for Trapping Furbearers in the United States. Wildlife Monographs; 2020.
2.) River Otter Status, Management, and Distribution in the United States: Evidence of Large-Scale Population Increase and Range Expansion. JWM; 2020.
3.) A Transformation in Trapping. The Wildlife Professional; 2019.
4.) An Elevator Pitch for Trapping. The Wildlife Professional; 2019.
5.) Trapping's Past, Present, and Future. The Wildlife Professional; 2019.
6.) An Otterly Successful Restoration: The Return of North American River Otters. The Wildlife Professional; 2018.
7.) Use of Bodygrip Traps on Dryland: A Guide To Responsible Use; 2017.
8.) Trappers as Citizen Scientists. The Wildlife Professional; 2016.
9.) Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation. NEFRTC; Updated 2016.
10.) Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation. International Journal of Environmental Studies; 2015.
11.) Trapping in Wildlife Conservation: How Ready are Wildlife Professionals for Conversations With the Public? The Wildlife Professional; 2015.
12.) New Guidelines for Furbearer Trapping (BMPs). The Wildlife Professional; 2010.
13.) Modern Snares for Capturing Mammals: Definitions, Mechanical Attributes and Use Considerations; 2009.
14.) The Costs of Losing Hunting and Trapping In North America. Responsive Management; 2005.
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