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As an expert of wildlife and its habitats, the trapper works for the public. By properly managing wildlife populations, he is responsible for reducing conflicts caused by an overabundance of wildlife or wildlife-related health risks. His work in the control of predators also helps maintain biodiversity.
Humane trapping standards

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Thanks to his training and experience, the trapper contributes to the improvement of knowledge about ecology and management of furbearers. We can easily call him a guardian of the environment. His constant presence in the field makes him a reliable person in informing biologists of changes in wildlife and their habitats.

The trapper is a professional who received appropriate training, knows the regulations related to this activity and must obtain proper licence before practicing his activities in Quebec. The trapper must act responsibly towards wildlife and its habitats, as well as respect other users of nature. He therefore promotes everyone’s security.

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Today, all traps used in Quebec must meet the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards ANIPSC. These modern traps provide quick and humane death of animals or proper restrain of the animal at the capture site while minimizing injuries and discomfort. The use of modern traps is a major step forward in the respect of animals. Trappers also use traps and trapping methods that allow them to target specific animals while avoiding incidental captures of domestic animals. The use of modern equipment and techniques is a testimony of the dedication and professionalism of Quebec trappers.

Through its judicious and durable use of wildlife, the trapper contributes to its perennity. He will also optimize the use of his harvest. The consequences of his activity will provide important economic impact while respecting traditions, as well as patrimonial and cultural heritage of Quebec.

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Typical trapper profile


Interested by wildlife, nature and ecology

Physical activity

Active all year long

Activity for the whole family

Anyone aged 12 or older

Economic activity

Wish extra income

Some statistics for Quebec

8 000

trapping licences delivered/year

1 000

new trappers trained/year


10 000

active trappers/year

More than

35 000

trappers trained since 1988 in Quebec

Why is trapping a responsible activity?



Trapping is an important tool for managing populations of furbearers. It allows, among other things, to manage populations of animals that do not have predators, it helps control nuisance species (such as beavers along roads and fields), to control the spread of certain diseases (rabies in raccoons) and to ensure proper management of wildlife populations and ecosystems.

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