Current Practices

    • Trapping is currently used as a wildlife management tool in NH.
    • During the 2012-13 year there were 574 individuals and 243 wildlife control officers licensed to trap.
    • There are four types of traps used in trapping.  Foot hold, conibear(body gripping), snares and cage traps.  Cage traps are used for skunks living near houses and raccoons living in buildings.    They cannot be set in water for beaver.  Snares are only currently legal if set in water for beaver and otter.

2014 HB 1579, an act prohibiting the use of certain leghold or foothold traps for the taking of animals.

    • Prohibits the use of the steel-jaw and padded steel-jaw leghold and foothold traps and conibear traps with certain exceptions.
    • Provides for a transitional period to alternative techniques.
    • Allows trapping of mice and rats in or under buildings.
    • Allows trapping to rescue an animal, for scientific research, and in emergencies.
    • Establishes penalties for violations.
    • Passage of the bill would result in a decrease in revenues of  $24,581.
    • It is presumed that there would be an increase in wildlife nuisance complaints, which may increase state fish and game fund and local expenditures for responding to such complaints.


    • The European Union has banned trapping;
    • 80 counties in all have banned it;
    • Only three big countries still allow it—the U.S., Canada, and Russia.

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