We're trappers and conservationists. It's true and we just might help
you understand that, if you give us a few minutes of your life.
Contrary to what you may have heard wildlife thrives because of us, not
in spite of us.
Modern trapping is a humane, beneficial and fun activity. Not only
that, professional wildlife managers all across the country use
trappers and trapping to keep wildlife populations in check, prevent
disease outbreaks like rabies, ensure the public's safety and prevent
property damage to houses, water supplies, salmon hatcheries,
livestock, trees and sensitive endangered species. Modern traps were
used to catch and then release [live, healthy and uninjured, no less]
the seed wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the Lynx in Colorado and
the river otters in states throughout the Midwest. All captured in
modern foot hold traps. Right here in Washington Fisher are being
reintroduced to their former range, trapped by trappers in British
Columbia. It’s the truth. Don't feel bad that you didn't know all this.
You see, the animal rights extremists don't tell anyone the truth about
trapping. Well, we help dispel the myths. Please take a few minutes and
check out our website. Our website is full of information along with
helpful related links. We are friendly folks and welcome any questions
that you might have.
Bruce Vandervort, President WSTA
Our Mission Statement
Washington State Trappers Association (WSTA) is a 501(C)4 nonprofit
organization of trappers and associates dedicated to maintaining our
trapping privileges and regaining those that have been lost. We take
seriously the responsibility of maintaining the heritage of trapping we
are heir to. Trappers produce the oldest renewable and environmentally
friendly products. Furs are recognized as such after many centuries of
use. Trapping is an accepted and selective management tool for the
harvest of furbearers. A well conducted harvest assists landowners by
controlling nuisance animals before they cause damage. We strive to
educate the public to the necessity of a sustainable harvest of
furbearers. We provide trapper education emphasizing the most humane
and efficient techniques in harvesting furbearers. We hold a summer
rendezvous in August every year with demonstrations to teach the novice
trapper the latest in humane trapping methods and fur handling skills.
We hold a winter fur sale, and publish four newsletters each year with
monthly reports in the Trapper and Predator Caller magazine. Our business meeting is held in the spring, where we make business, political and philanthropic decisions.
Interested in Trapper Education Classes? Click here
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW)- Trapper Education
WDFW- Reintroduction of Fishers in WA
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies- Best Management Practices
Canadian Association for Humane Trapping (CAHT)- Canadian Standards
Tips for Successful Lobbying- Download
Trapping Seasons and Regulations
Furbearer Trapping Report Form
Application for a Special Permit to Trap a Problem Animal
for Trappers License (Trapping licenses are available at any License
dealer. Buying a trapping license through WDFW will add an extra $105
Hunting Washington- Discussion Forum (in your profile you can request access to WSTA members only page)
Coyotes "R" Us -Prospectin' with trappnman & friends...
We are Affiliates of:
National Trappers Association
Fur Takers of America
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