Regulated trapping is an integral component of wildlife conservation programs, as it controls abundant wildlife, removes nuisance animals, aids in restoring native species, and protects habitat, property and threatened and endangered species.
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Every trap must be visited daily and any animal caught therein removed, except for completely submerged Conibear™-type traps, which must be visited at least once every 72 hours and any animal caught therein removed.
Remote trap checking systems may be used in lieu of visiting the trap, provided the system has the following features:
If the remote trap checking system control unit reports a trap closure, the trap shall be physically visited within 24 hours of the time the trap was reported closed. If a remote trap checking system control unit fails to report its status after a 12 hour period, or reports a system health issue, the trap shall be physically visited within 24 hours of the last time a status report was sent. Remote trap checking system users shall maintain records of trap status and notification alarms for a period of no less than seven days after receipt. Records shall be made available for inspection upon request by a representative of the Commission.
Legal Trap Types (PDF)
Collarum-type traps can be used only on coyotes and only under a depredation permit. All non-targets must be released
All forms are in a PDF format
Only the N.C. General Assembly has the authority to allow fox harvest in a county through passage of a local law.
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In North Carolina, it is unlawful for a person to interfere intentionally with the lawful taking of wildlife resources or to drive, harass, or intentionally disturb any wildlife resources for the purpose of disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife resources on public or private property. NOTE: This law does not apply to activity by a person on land he owns or leases or to a person who incidentally interferes with the taking of wildlife resources while using the land for other lawful activity such as agriculture, mining, or recreation.
Violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable for a first conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00, by imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or by both and punishable for a second or subsequent conviction by a fine left to the discretion of the court. (North Carolina General Statute 295)
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you experience unlawful harassment, immediately notify your nearest wildlife enforcement officer, county sheriff's office or local police department. Advise the authorities of this law and that you wish to hunt peacefully.
WHAT NOT TO DO
Do not provoke a fight, threaten reprisals or use profanity. Remember these anti-hunting activists are seeking confrontation and may be accompanied by the news media.
Regulated trapping is the key tool used by the NCWRC to proactively manage furbearer populations so that they are in balance with people, threatened and endangered species, and the available habitat. Advancements in trap design and trapping techniques have contributed to the improvement in the welfare of the captured animal. In fact, the modern traps used by today’s trappers are the same traps used by biologists to study wildlife. For example, foothold traps were used to capture river otters for restoration efforts in North Carolina.
Funding for furbearer management comes from hunting and trapping license revenues and the federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Most furbearer management is not funded with general tax dollars, yet furbearer management benefits all citizens.
Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation (3.5 MB pdf)
The Wildlife Society’s Position Statement on Traps, Trapping, and Furbearer Management (144 KB pdf)
Tips on Coexisting with Wildlife
Contact a Wildlife Management Biologist
Contact a licensed trapper during the trapping season
Contact a private Wildlife Control Agent