Trapping season is here: Be prepared

Mid-October is the the start of trapping season for many species across Canada. Over the next few months over 700,000 fur-bearing animals will be killed and so will an untold number of non-target animals including birds, turtles, cats and dogs (and even endangered species). Do you know what to do if your pet gets caught in a trap?

Fast Facts:

Trapping season typically runs from October 15 – April 30 each year.

In many municipalities across North America, trapping is legal year-round, particularly for so-called nuisance animals such as beavers and coyotes.

There are no legal requirements for trappers to use warning signs. Trappers are also not required to attach I.D. labels to their traps.

Traps are legal on trap lines (Crown land), in many parks and on private land.

Trapping laws are weak and often difficult to enforce. Charges are rarely laid.

What you can do:

1. Ask your city council or Member of Parliament if trappers are active in your area.

2. Keep your pets under control and learn how to open a Conibear, leg-hold or snare trap (to open snare you need to cut the wire using a heavy duty pair of wire cutters).

3. Use caution around creeks, ponds and culverts. Look for animal tracks, be aware of your surroundings.

4. Tell your friends, share this blog post, print/handout our urban trapping flyer.

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