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5 April 2000 Issue
Non-Target Animals

Since trappers all know that it an absolute impossibility to eliminate non-target catches from their bloody trade, they have reclassified animals so that non-target catches are seemingly reduced. A non-target animal is any animal caught in a trap other than the one the trapper deliberately set the trap for. If a trapper sets a trap for a raccoon and an opossum is caught in it, that opossum is a non-target animal.

Trappers are now considering any animal that has a marketable pelt to be a target animal, regardless of the animal that the trapper intended to catch. Only animals without valuable pelts are now considered non-target. Set a trap for a mink and catch a muskrat? That's ok, the muskrat is a target animal. Looking for a coyote and find a bobcat in the trap instead? Bingo! You have caught a target animal - maybe not the "primary" target animal, but a target animal nonetheless. Only domestic animals and non-"fur bearing" wildlife are now non-target animals. Look for trappers to boast about their reduction of non-target catches in the very near future.

From: International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Fur Resources Committee BMP Bulletin Fall/Winter 1999

Source: veegman@erols.com

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