News from the region: Ozark by:Francis Skalicky
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Cable restraint devices are effective tools for catching furbearers (primarily coyotes). Their non-lethal design also provides a benefit to trappers in instances where non-target species are caught accidentally.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable restraint trapping certification class 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at MDC’s Ozark Regional Office in West Plains. The address is 551 Joe Jones Blvd.
This free course will cover the basics of safely and legally utilizing cable restraints to capture furbearers. Regulations, proper set location and cable restraint construction will be discussed. When used correctly, cable restraint devices can hold animals alive and allow trappers to release non-target animals unharmed. The devices can be used to take furbearers during the state’s furbearer trapping season (Nov. 15-Jan. 31). This seminar is a certification course for individuals planning to use cable restraint devices in the upcoming trapping season. Missouri’s wildlife regulations require that people must first successfully complete a cable-restraint training course taught by a certified instructor.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the Sept. 16 class are asked to pre-register by calling the MDC Ozark Regional Office at 417-256-7161. People can also find out more about cable restraint devices at mdc.mo.gov.