Resources for Student Papers on Wildlife

Research Resources for Student Papers on Wildlife

Students, High School and College, often are looking for help with research reports on wildlife, animal rights and other animal related issues. Here are some links that can help them. Since students can easily find plenty of animal rights materials on the web, we have focused our efforts on providing information on wildlife damage control that is more difficult for students to find.

How to Find the Information You Need for Your Report:Stephen Vantassel at his computer. Photo by Stephen Vantassel

1. Our site is dedicated to research-based information on wildlife damage management. If you are looking for animal rights information, you will find very little here. Our information centers around the effective ways to manage wildlife conflicts, so you will find a great deal of information on traps, control techniques, wildlife management theory, repellents, damage identification, public opinion and more.

2. Our site is huge!!

  • Search our database of articles at the Digital Commons It contains over 3,300 articles & growing.
  • Below are additional links and documents related to various aspects of humanity's use of wildlife resources

Downloadable Documents

GAO Review of Predator Control GAO report on Predator Control General Accounting Office of the Federal Govt. Report 2001.

Trapping and Furbearer Management: Perspectives from the Northeast. Trapping and Furbearer ManagementAuthored by the subcommittee of the the Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee. 2001.


Video Resources

Hunting Debate-- to be posted.

Best Management Practices-This program is an internationally recognized study of the humaness and effectiveness of traps used to capture wildlife. The study endeavors to discover which traps are the most humane and effective for various species. Then laws will be established requiring those traps to be used. This study will be ongoing as new improvements in the trap/trapper equation is improved. The study is to be completed in 2002.

April 12, 2006. Biodiversity Invasions

Web Sites Fur Institute of Canada

National Trappers Association --Association Representing American Fur Trapping Interests

Best Management Practices (field study of the humaness of various traps)

Furbearers Organization


World Council of Whalers

International Fur Trade Federation has some economic information

International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Has information about the conservation activities of Wildlife Agencies.

Wildlife Management Institute Sells a booklet on the role of hunting.

In Defence of the Fur Trade a scholarly article written from an economic and the role of liberty perspective.

Friends of Fur

Fur News


Pro-Wildlife Use Groups A good site with some excellent information on the fur industry. seals


Public Opinion Statistics on Hunting and Trapping

Trap Information

  • History of the Conibear Trap (known in Europe as the Walk thru trap)

In the 1950s several groups were trying to outlaw the leg hold trap in Canada. One of these , The Association for the Protection of Furbearers , were approached by Frank Conibear who had invented a trap that looked like a small , spring powered , revolving door. This style failed field test. Finding his idea interesting, the group financed a research project to improve the design. And by 1955 a trap much like the one we know today was ready to test. This early model had a loosely coiled spring , the familure square hinged jaws , and a trigger that looked like a bent paper clip. The jaws measured 6" by 4" and were sent to a trapper named Eric Collier , who also tested the failed model , in British Columbia for testing. To give the new traps a real test, Eric entered the bush that fall with nothing but the new conibears leaving his leg holds home . Collier started with 150 of the small traps and was quiet pleased with their performance. It was Collier who suggested the sizes for the next order of traps and the standard 4" x 4" and 12 " x 12" sizes came from his field tests. Collier and others tested the traps again in the 56-57 season andwere lavish in their praise. In an article in Outdoor Life magazine in September and October 1957 Mr Collier related the the whole story and published several pictures of the original prototype and early standard model traps. He ended his article with the statement that he predicted that all trappers would soon switch to Conibears, and that leg holds would be a thing of the past.

Wayne Langman (used with permission)

Species Specific Traps

Egg Trap

For trap images see our glossary.


April, 2006. Suburban meets rural: Wildlife gets trapped in the middle. Loundon Times-Mirror.


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