What is Trapping?
Humane trapping sounds like a misnomer. How humane can trapping be? In reality, there are several kinds of trapping that are humane. Humane trapping usually means you trap an animal live and release it in another location. In fact, humane trapping sometimes allows animals to populate habitats they once lived in but have since disappeared from. If you have questions about humane trapping laws in Michigan, we have some answers.
Defining Humane Trapping
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources defines trapping as a way to capture and harvest wild animals. There are several types of traps and several methods used. While many people have a negative opinion about trapping, sometimes it can be useful. For example, when a species overpopulates an area, it can become dangerous for humans and domestic animals to live there. Nuisance animals can also cause a lot of damage to homes and farms. Trapping helps remove those animals from the population.
Also, people can relocate animals through trapping. There are areas in Michigan that need some animal species because their populations are in decline. Trapping and relocating animals help them find new habitats. This may be especially beneficial for some predators that need space to hunt. People who trap and release predatory animals create a safer environment for all. They also help to keep the populations of other species down. In fact, trapping offers Michigan wildlife solutions when there is an overpopulation of a specific animal species.
Michigan Trapping Laws
Michigan has a history of fur trapping. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Michigan’s economy started with French fur trappers trading with Native Americans. They used furs as a form of exchange. Now, however, trapping is a tool used to control animal populations. Michigan live trapping laws and trapping laws, in general, are specific to each animal. For example, raccoon trapping in Michigan has its regulations. There are specific guidelines people must follow. Michigan has size and construction requirements for trapping. There is one season to hunt raccoons and another to trap them. You can hunt raccoons from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. You can trap raccoons from Oct. 15 through March 31.
What if I Have Nuisance Animals, but I Don’t Want to Trap Them?
We get it. Some people just don’t like the idea of trapping animals. But they also don’t like the idea of a nuisance animal tearing up their houses and yards. Nuisance animals can do a lot of damage. They can dig under houses and weaken their foundations. They can damage the walls, attics, and roofs trying to get inside. They also create problems within your house with their droppings. In addition, nuisance animals can carry diseases.
There are some things you can do to make sure nuisance animals don’t become a problem on your property. First, you can keep animals out of your home by making it difficult for them to get in. Look for any open lines or holes in your home that lead to the attic. Also, you will want to have trees and shrubs trimmed if they are close to your house. Vegetation, such as trees and bushes, make climbing to your roof easier for animals. You can have chimney caps installed to prevent animals from getting into your house through your chimney. You can also have steel screens put on your vents.
If you are having problems with nuisance animals in your house, farm, yard, garden, or business property contact ABS Wildlife and Control. We not only humanely trap animals, but we also prevent animals from getting into your home. Give us a call today if you live Manistee, Traverse City, and Cadillac or the surrounding areas. Let us take care of your nuisance animal problem.
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