Ferrets to be removed as permitted target species for the DOC 250 spring trap

We all love ferrets so here is the good news.

The Government has announced the intention to remove ferrets as permitted target species for the DOC 250 spring trap, following concerns that it could lead to an increase in trapping of non-target species.

At the request of a trap user, in November 2020 the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) reviewed the data available for the DOC 250 spring trap for use with ferrets. The APHA determined that this trap met minimum humane trapping standards and Defra subsequently added ‘ferrets’ as a permitted species.

Stakeholders raised concerns that the DOC 250 trap may lead to an increase in trapping non-target species, such as polecats and pine marten. Government has acted quickly in response to these concerns and will be removing ferrets as a permitted species for the DOC 250 in April 2021.

The conditions of using spring traps remains the same and users must comply with all trapping conditions under this Order.

For those of us who don’t know the DOC 250 is a big size mouse trap with a cage sometimes attached to it. Presumably if a ferret is trapped one would be obliged to set it free? Apparently these traps are pretty lethal and don’t discriminate what animal wanders into them. Something to think about?