Trap Research & Development

Fur Institute of Canada - Modern Trapping Technologies Brochure



Canada's pioneering trap research and development program is coordinated by the Fur Institute of Canada and conducted in collaboration with the laboratories of InnoTech Alberta.

An experienced team of scientists, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, engineers, statisticians and technicians, follow rigorous research protocols, ensuring the scientific credibility of test results.
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About Canada’s Trap Research

and Testing Program


Over the years trappers have sought to improve their traps so they would be both humane and capture-efficient. Trap performance can only be verified through a comprehensive scientific process to evaluate all components of a trapping system.


Canada’s state-of-the-art trap research facilities

Trap performance can only be verified through a comprehensive scientific process to evaluate all components of a trapping system. Canada’s trap research, testing and development program, led by the Fur Institute of Canada, is the most advanced in the world. As a result, the Institute has gained recognized expertise and a comprehensive database on animal welfare related to trapping systems.

As the Institute’s research partner, the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures provides the scientists and laboratory controls needed to test trap performance and to collect the data necessary to ensure their compliance with the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS).

Results from this facility are being used internationally by manufacturers, government regulators, wildlife scientists and trappers.

The Institute’s Vegreville Alberta research facility was completed in 1984 at a cost of over $l million. It was specifically designed to enable teams of scientists, engineers, statisticians and technicians to scientifically measure and improve the welfare of animals related to trapping and to advance trap testing methods. All animals housed in the research facility for the testing of traps are cared for and used in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Council on Animal Care that oversees the use of animals in research and testing.

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