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Traps and Trapping

This page contains resources on the traps available to manage wildlife damage problems.

When searching for the right trap to use to control wildlife damage, one can be overwhelmed by the available options. This portion of the site is dedicated to helping you sort through the options to find the best solution for your particular situation. Please understand that we will have to speak in general terms as the applicability of any of these options depends on setting, local laws and regulations as well as personal preferences.

We hope, however, that you will find this information helpful in making more informed and responsible wildlife damage management decisions.

Types of Traps

Foothold

Sometimes mistakenly called a leg-hold. Trappers want to catch an animal on the pad of the foot not above the ankle; the pad has more cushioning. It is the difference between catching someone on the palm of their hand versus their forearm.

Footholds come in a number of different designs and configurations:

Parts of a foothold Double-longspring foothold
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Longspring with stop-loss bar Coil spring foothold (round jaw)
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Jump trap foothold
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Video on foothold trap -National Trappers Association

Cable-Restraint Traps (AKA Snares)

Many people mistakenly believe that snares kill the animals caught in them. The fact is, whether a snare kills or not is determined by the trapper. This is why calling them cable-restraints is a more accurate description of snares.

snare Traditional Snare
collorum restraint Collurum Cable Restraint

Manufactured by Wildlife Control Supplies. This live-capture device is one of the most species specific traps on the market for canines. It has been so effective at capturing animals with minimal injury that dog catchers are beginning to use the device to catch stray dogs.

Body-Grip Traps

Body-grip traps commonly known by the trade name Conibear® are designed to kill the animal. They were originally invented as a more humane way to capture furbearers.

conibear

Cage or Box Traps

Cage traps or box traps, mistakenly called live traps, capture the animal by essentially imprisoning it.

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To learn about cage trap safety click Cage Trap Safety.

Species Specific & Specialty Traps

Egg Trap.
Egg™ Trap.

Duffer Trap

Egg Trap

Wildlife Trapping Baits & Lures

Baits and lures are an important factor in any wildlife trapping situation. Without the correct enticement for your target animal, your trapping experience will be fraught with failure.
  • Baits: are generally solid materials used to entice an animal into the trap. They make the animal think there is food available.
  • Lures: are generally liquid materials and can stimulate wildlife activity through the mating impulse, food impulse or territorial impulse.
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