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The Benefits of Regulated Trapping

Regulated Trapping

Throughout history, trapping has been an important tool to provide crucial food and materials to humans. It was extremely important in helping to develop our nation, although today it is often overlooked. Through the use of regulated trapping, we are better able to manage our natural resources and accomplish specific goals in areas.

So how exactly does regulated trapping help nature instead of hinder it? There are many ways that trapping contributes to an overall healthy and improved environment. 

First, the sale of hunting and trapping licenses directly helps fund various wildlife conservation programs around the country. These programs often include obtaining wildlife research, funding game refuges, improving habitat, and education programs to help ensure the future of all wildlife. 

The next major benefit that trapping provides is the ability to help regulate animal populations in specific areas. Regulated trapping could be necessary in some areas in order to do things like minimize the spread of disease, prevent damage or destruction of the habitat, or help recuperate certain species by controlling their predators. 

This is perhaps the biggest benefit that controlled trapping can provide, as experts can examine a specific area and determine if trapping needs to be implemented in order to accomplish a goal. For example, if there is a mountain range where endangered bighorn sheep are starting to diminish, the state’s wildlife department could determine that trapping predators such as mountain lions and coyotes (the sheep’s biggest predators) could help give their population some relief. 

As the population of humans continues to expand, people will continue to run into conflicts with various species of wildlife. These interactions could be very negative and potentially even dangerous, so regulated trapping can help not only minimize these types of encounters and problems but can lead to an overall safer place to live, work, and interact with specific wildlife. 

Of course, uncontrolled trapping could result in damage to the populations of the species that you are trapping, so it is important to remember that trapping, just like hunting, should be regulated and controlled to provide the biggest benefit for all species. 

It is this negative potential that gives many people the perception that all trapping is bad. When confronted with even more negative propaganda from anti-hunting and anti-trapping organizations, these people will believe that there are no benefits whatsoever from legal, regulated trapping. 

Although trapping played a major part in the discovery, colonization, and economics of the US, it still plays a very important role today. Although trapping may not provide the same jobs and economic resources, regulated trapping provides a long list of different benefits to the environment and the wildlife that live in it. Without it, we could not properly manage our outdoor resources for generations to come!

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