Animal trapping is one of the most misunderstood sport activities today. It is also considered to be one of the most challenging and rewarding outdoor activities one can do. It is an important tool to help with conserving wildlife. Local animal trappers play an important and vital role in helping conserve rare and endangered species. Because it is misunderstood, animal trappers are a constant target of animal rights activists. When you mention the words animal trapping to anyone, they will most likely imagine it to be something cruel. Visions of animals getting maimed and injured come to mind when trapping animals is mentioned. Some people even think the animals end up dying when they get trapped. All of these assumptions are of course false. The fact is that when an animal is caught in a trap, or a foot hold trap, which is the correct description, rarely get injured or suffer pain in the process. After the animal is caught it can be released if the person so desires. In fact it is not unusual when animal trappers find the trapped animals sleeping! This is proof that animal traps is not a cruel tool. The next misconception people have is that trapping is an unnecessary activity. Trapping certain types of animals is a necessary to maintain an ecological balance. The over population of certain types of animals such as raccoons and foxes need to be checked. This is done mainly to prevent over population and the spreading of disease. Diseases such as mange and rabies can be controlled somewhat, if the population levels of the animals are also controlled. In the long run this will also prevent human and wild life contact as much as possible. Trapping has proven to be a necessary sport or activity.