Have you ever thought of owing a trapline?

Registered traplines are currently available for reallocation within the Chapleau Wawa District, Wawa Work Centre. Individuals interested in becoming a head trapper on one of the registered traplines listed below , or other traplines within the District should contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). For full details click on “Read More”

Please note that the MNRF sends out notifications of available traplines and allocates them one annually. Individuals interested in being considered for an available trapline are asked to submit documentation (e.g. head trapper application form and or documentation in writing of family connection, if applicable) to this office (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 48 Mission Road PO Box 1160 Wawa, ON P0S1K0 Attention D. Zagar) by April 23, 2024. The attached documents will assist individuals in determining what information is required for application to a trapline. If you have an interest in a trapline that is not currently available or vacant, you are encouraged to submit this documentation so that the district office is aware of your interest and can keep your information on file for consideration when a trapline becomes available for reallocation.

The following traplines are currently available for reallocation:

WA023-Cudney Township and WA024- Cudney/Tilston Townships

The ministry continues to allocate vacant traplines using the current process outlined in a procedure called WilPr1.71.7 Allocation of Head Trappers for Registered Traplines . All persons expressing an interest in a registered trapline must be (or be willing to become) qualified to trap in Ontario through successful completion of the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course.

Prior to the allocation of any registered traplines, the ministry must consider established or asserted Aboriginal or treaty rights protected by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and any impacts that may flow from the decision to assign a vacant trapline to another trapper. Also, consistent with existing trapping harmonization agreements, the ministry considers whether there are any Indigenous persons with a documented family claim or connection to a registered trapline.

Personal information, comments and trapper information are collect by the ministry to assist with trapline allocation and to allow the follow-up with Indigenous communities and individuals who have expressed an interest in the trapline. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. The use and/or disclosure of personal information and any other information provided will occur in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have any questions concerning this opportunity or the collection, use or disclosure of personal information another information, please contact D. Zagar, IRM Technical Specialist, at the Wawa Work Centre at (705) 280-7411.