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Is it legal for me to trap animals myself?

Is it legal for me to trap a wild animal? The animal trapping also known as just trapping is about using a device to catch the animal remotely. The animal can be trapped for many reasons and this may include wildlife management, pest control, hunting, fur trade or for food. Trapping using body gripping item may lead to the death of the non targeted animals or endangered animals. There are organizations that are lobbying to achieve stricter control over using such traps. Trapping can lead to the pain and the stress of the animals according to which type of the trap was used. The traps that catch limbs may lead to the injuries of the limbs when it is not used in the right way. When the animal is left for a long time before the trapper comes, it can lead to the death of the animal because of the injury or other animals can attack it. There are states that say that the trap have to be checked at least after 36 hours in order to minimize the risks for the animals.  

Trapping or destroying the wild animal if it is not presenting an immediate threat to the human safety or health is not the right solution. In many states, trapping should be regulated and when you find yourself face to face with the wildlife, you should know what you are able to do or not do in terms of the regulations in your area.

In some areas, it is unlawful to use the steel jawed or leghold trap or to use the spiked or saw toothed traps. It is not allowed to use the body gripping trap as it has been defined within the subdivision for the reasons of commerce in the fur or recreation. It is not allowed to set the traps which do not bear the number or other identifying marks that have been registered under the department of city, country or federal agency. It is not allowed to fail to visit the trap and to get out the animals at least once a day. An inspection or the removal of the trap has to be done by a person who has set the trap or the owner of the land where a trap was set.




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