Best Management Practices, or BMP’s, are a detailed set of guidelines put forth by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as a reference for trappers and wildlife control organizations alike. These guidelines take into account animal welfare, efficiency, selectivity, practicality and safety. I truly feel these BMP’s should play an integral role in trapping, and should be fully understood by anyone setting or using an animal trap. These BMP’s can be found here.
That being said, I have my own personal BMP’s that I wanted to add to the list and share with those of you who are interested. In no way am I trying to say these additions are right, wrong, better, or worse; this list is simply an addition to the excellent work and information presented by the AFWA. Some may see a few of my standards as a little “over-kill” in comparison, but at the end of the day I have the added comfort and confidence when I leave the ‘line that both wildlife and public/domestic welfare has been addressed. As a trapper or WCO, you have the responsibility of ensuring that you are completely educated and familiar with the tools you are using. Again, additionally, I strongly feel every trapper and WCO should be fully aware and familiar with the AFWA’s BMP guidelines.
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"As a trapper or wildlife control operator, you have the responsibility of upholding the welfare of the animals you come in contact with. Just because an animal is deemed a nuisance or harvested for food does not mean that animal should be disrespected or mistreated. As human beings, we have the ability to rationalize, and know the difference between right and wrong, pain and comfort, and the like. It is your obligation while engaged in this line of work or activity to ensure that the animals you handle are given the upmost humane treatment possible, whether
that animal is being relocated or dispatched."