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The provincial government is investing $1.1 million in the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) to support the administration of the ministry's trapping education program and licence services for Ontario's trappers and trapping instructors.

“Trappers play a vital role in wildlife control in both rural and urban areas,” Natural Resources and Forestry minister John Yakabuski said Friday in making the announcement.

“Our government's investment will help the industry prosper and support jobs that benefit thousands of families across Ontario,” he noted.

Trapping is an effective wildlife management tool for regulating population numbers of furbearer species such as coyotes, beavers, and raccoons.

Trappers also play an important role in reducing human-wildlife conflicts such as damage to property as a result of flooding caused by beavers, and loss of livestock from predation by wolves and coyotes.

“Trapping is culturally significant for many people across our province,” said Yakabuski.

“For 400 years, the industry has used a plentiful natural resource in a sustainable and responsible manner.”

Ontario's trapping regulations are considered among the strictest and most humane. The province's trapper licensing and education requirements help to ensure its compliance with international humane trapping standards.

There are roughly 8,700 commercial trapping licences sold annually in Ontario.

The OFMF has provided licence services and education for trappers since 1997.

Under the Trapping Education Program, the OFMF provides administrative support to more than 100 independent trapping instructors who provide mandatory training to about 800 individuals each year.

The government's new three-year contract with the OFMF extends from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

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