Best Management Practices

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 Management Practices (BMPs) 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.

Regulated trapping is a necessary and effective wildlife management tool, and wildlife professionals across the country believe that trapping BMPs will ensure the continued improvement of this management technique.

Experts from all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies and other conservation groups that care about the environment, natural resources and animal welfare are working together to improve and modernize the technology of trapping through scientific research.

Why BMPs?

Based on sound-science and research, BMPs were created as a practical application in the complex situations encountered in the field. BMPs have been used successfully in conservation activities such as water quality programs and in forest management as well.

  • The Association’s membership is dedicated to responsible, professional wildlife management.
  • Regulated trapping is an important wildlife management tool.
  • The real and perceived problems associated with regulated trapping need to be reduced or eliminated.
  • The process of evaluating traps and trapping methods is important for documenting and improving animal welfare among captured animals.

The Future of Best Management Practices

Once the program is complete, the BMPs for trapping furbearers will be provided to state agencies and trappers for incorporation into trapper education and wildlife management programs. In addition to improving wildlife management in the United States, the research and resulting BMPs may be used by other countries to improve their programs. BMPs will also be used by the United States to address international commitments to identify and promote the use of humane traps and trapping methods for capturing wildlife.


AFWA Staff Contact
Bryant White
at 573/ 882-8388 ext. 3960

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