HUNTING IN WYOMING

Trappers


Trappers

  

Trapper education is free and online!!  Education and mentoring of the next generation is needed to ensure trapping continues into the future. 

 

After you take the online trapper education class, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department would like your feedback. The Department would like to create a more Wyoming-specific class and your input can make a difference.  Please take a moment to send us your thoughts. 

Sharing The Trails 

Many different types of recreationists use trails, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is confident that sharing the trails can be done successfully and without users burdening one another. 
 
No one wants to see a dog caught in a trap, but occasionally it happens. 
 
A trap with a dog in it means it didn’t catch the furbearer you were after. In addition, it is likely the area can not be readily reset, and the trap will need to be cleaned and treated before being used again. Not to mention any harm that may have come to the dog and any negative publicity that comes from such an incident. These things affect all trappers, and working to reduce these conflicts benefits all trappers. 
 

To reduce conflicts with recreationists and their pets, trappers can:

 

A. By utilizing BMPs, you can be rest assured that you are using the most effective, selective, affordable and humane traps. BMPs are always being updated and improved as new equipment becomes available. The result is BMPs have identified the best performing traps for all common American species.  The traps recommended within the BMPs must perform to high standards of human safety, selectivity, efficiency, and practicality. High animal welfare (humaneness) scores must also be met. Killing traps must kill consistently and rapidly. Restraining traps must provide low trauma scores. 
  • In the U.S., 41 states, including Wyoming, have actively participated in field testing and developing BMPs.
  • Over 2000 teams of experienced trappers and biologists have participated in field testing traps and gathering data. 
  • BMPs help trappers by showing the public their commitment to improving or maintaining the efficiency and selectivity of their traps while ensuring animal welfare. Link to BMPs

  • BMPs help ensure access to international fur markets.

  • BMPs are based on trapper-developed techniques and innovations, and experienced trappers participated in testing and development.

  • Trappers can assist in this outreach effort by learning to effectively communicate priority messages and by adopting and using BMPs.

  • Wildlife management agencies recognize that trapping, similar to angling and hunting, follows the principles of sustainable use of wildlife by the public.

Other Trapping Resources

  1. Recommended trap types by animal species http://furbearermanagement.com/bmp-search-portal/

  2. Trappers and social media - Why what you post matters! brochure

  3. Furbearing Animal Hunting or Trapping Seasons 

  4. Furbearing Animal Hunting or Trapping Seasons Brochure

  5. 2020/2021 Furbearer Trapping Areas Map

  6. Bobcat Management Areas

  7. Bobcat Harvest Log

  8. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Resource page

  9. Annual Reports

  10. Wyoming Trappers Association

  11. Free online trapper education course

  12. Contact the Department’s Furbearer Working Group


We need your help!

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department asks for your help in collecting data about our wildlife. Any captures you report are anonymous and very helpful. We are specifically interested in knowing the locations of the species below that you may have encountered while trapping.

 









Canada lynx

Fisher

Least Weasel

River otter

Spotted Skunk

Swift fox

Wolverine 

Trappers visit more remote locations than others and your sightings can help us manage wildlife populations, even those not classified as furbearers. For example, information from trappers was crucial in identifying both historic and recent locations for spotted skunks, the focus of at least two research projects through the University of Wyoming. This trapper-reported information helped determine survey locations, develop a predictive distribution map for the species in the state, and collect much needed genetic samples, none of which would have been possible without these reports.

Wildlife Reporting Form

 

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