What are trap identification numbers?

Do trap identification numbers change every few years for the same trapper or is it a lifetime number? also are these public information if I found a trap with an i.d. Number on it can I find out who it belongs to or a list of licensed trappers in the area or state?

Answer: 

Trapping ID is issued to each trapper for life and is unique to that trapper.  Although we have the trapper's name associated with the tag number, we are not allowed by law to give that name and contact information out to the public. If you found a legal trap it is unlawful to remove the trap or interfere with the lawful trap set.  However, you may contact IDFG at your regional office and ask them to contact the trapper and the trapper may then contact you if you have a concern.  The trapper is not obligated to contact you.  If you found a trap that was set illegally, you should contact IDFG and let us make the contact with the trapper.  Trapping rules and regulations along with videos on how to avoid traps and release your pet from a trap can be found on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 .   If you have any further questions please contact your closest fish and game office.

Answered on: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:35 AM MST