Throughout history, humans have hunted or trapped wild animals for food and clothing, or to protect crops and livestock. To this day, trapping is practiced in virtually every country, for a wide range of purposes. Trapping provides food, clothing and much-needed income for families in rural or remote communities where other forms of employment can be hard to find.
It is also an important conservation tool, used to: - Manage the sizes of wildlife populations - Limit the spread of diseases (for example, rabies transmitted by raccoons and foxes.) - Protect property and natural habitat (for example, flooding by beavers or tunneling by muskrats) - Control predation on livestock or endangered ground-nesting birds and their eggs