Animal capture techniques have existed since the dawn of humankind. Today a wide range of methods exist, but many professionals are greatly in need of ?hands on? experience with the range of devices available. Many subtle aspects of good trap deployment can come only with experience. Due to the large learning curve involved, many times management or research objectives are not met. This carefully constructed workshop can give everyone from entry-level technicians and students to chief administrators and university professors the background they need to implement the battery of techniques needed to study and/or control birds, feral pigs, cats and other felids, canids, and other invasive large vertebrates or research animals requiring capture. To address this need our workshop will 1) demonstrate the full range of modern trapping equipment available including mist nets, snares, cable restraints, cage traps, foot holds, and body-gripping traps; 2) impart techniques to maximize the capturing potential of each tool and show how to use each most humanely; 3) demonstrate how to modify, set, and properly use each trap and device type; 4) provide consultation to each participant to suit their individual needs. By familiarizing the participants with the various trapping techniques available we hope to provide managers and researchers with valuable knowledge that will improve success by increasing catch numbers, saving time, and conducting more humane trapping efforts. Workshop participants will learn how to set, bait, and camouflage traps in an actual field setting near the training site.
Organizers: Pat Jackson, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Reno, NV; Bryant White, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Phoenix, AZ
Supported by: Hunting, Trapping, and Conservation Working Group