Ethical Live-Trapping for Wildlife Professionals

June 26-27, 2023
Wenatchee, WA


Trapping and handling wildlife is a researcher's greatest privilege and responsibility. When the life of an animal is literally in your hands, there is no room for mistakes. Ethical considerations should be made before efforts are made to capture wildlife, and mitigating risk to both researcher and animal should be the top priority. 

In this course, participants will have the opportunity to discuss with experts the ethics of various trapping styles, whether or not capture is warranted or necessary for certain data collection types, and considerations for beginning or participating in a trapping project. 

The course will also cover species-specific trapping techniques for mammals in the Pacific Northwest and participants will spend a full day practicing hands-on trap setting. 

Location and amenities
The classroom portion of the course will take place at Wenatchee Valley College; the hands-on portion will take place on public land outside of Wenatchee. Participants should plan to have their own transportation, although we will make a concerted effort to carpool to the field site in as few vehicles as possible.

Lodging accomodations are not provided. Participants should plan to bring a packed lunch both days. 


Cancellation Policy
We will refund the full course fee for cancellations made prior to 30 days before course start. Cancellations less than 30 days before course start are subject to 50% fee.