MDC offers cable-restraint-certification class in West Plains

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Cable-restraint devices are effective tools for catching furbearers (primarily coyotes) during Missouri's trapping season. Their non-lethal design also provides a benefit to trappers in instances where non-target species are caught accidentally and need to be released.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable-restraint trapping-certification class from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18 at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains, 551 Joe Jones Blvd.

This free course will cover the basics of safely and legally utilizing cable-restraint devices to capture furbearers. Regulations, proper set locations and cable-restraint design 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. In order to use a cable restraint, 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. 18 class are asked to pre-register by calling the MDC Ozark Regional Office at 417-256-7161.