Furbearer Management Guidelines

The responsibility for managing the fur resources of British Columbia is shared between the province and trappers. The Management Guidelines for Furbearers series began in 1988 to provide trappers with a source that would allow them to properly manage their fur harvests.

Management Guidelines outline the roles that trappers can play in the wise management of these important species.

The Registered Trapline System gives each trapper the ability to manage species on his or her line. These Guidelines instruct the trapper on techniques that will ensure populations remain productive and healthy. Management guidelines contain figures, statistics, and information on species biology and management, as well as recommendations regarding such management techniques as habitat enhancement, use of untrapped refuges, avoidance of non-target captures, and monitoring of population levels to allow trappers to adjust their harvest accordingly. The proper management of furbearers requires the full cooperation and support from trappers to be successful.

The following guideline documents reference older statistical information and regulations that may no longer be valid.  Always check the current Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis and the Corrections and Updates for the most up-to-date trapping regulations.