Responsible Live Trapping

By John Milandred

Live trapping is an effective animal control alternative that is both humane and earth-friendly. Whether you are successful in catching a live animal depends on choosing the right bait and location among factors.

Be aware of weather conditions. Trapped animals should not be left out in the elements as they can die from prolonged exposure to heat and cold.

Check traps FREQUENTLY. Wild animals stress easily and may seriously injure themselves as they attempt to escape. Other animals besides the target animal may get caught in the trap. If this happens, advice on releasing it safely can be obtained from a licensed wildlife rehabilitation in your state.

Depending on the time of year, you may trap a nursing mother and if you relocate only her, her babies will not survive. To see if you’ve trapped a nursing female, stand the trap on one end to observe the belly.

Traps should be washed, disinfected with a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts of water and let it remain on for 20 minutes), and thoroughly rinsed after each capture to stop the spread of any potential disease.  Animals frequently defecate and urinate when captured and it is unhealthy to put bait down unless trap is cleaned thoroughly.

You should check with local or state game commission before setting a trap to determine the lawful method of releasing a captured wild or nuisance animal.  Many species are protected by law in various states.

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  1. Survivor1972 says:

    Great insights John, glad to see your back at it full time, I loved this video, a little surprised that you didn’t skin the Bob Cat. I really never thought much about using animal traps as a means for survival in a S.H.T.F. situation leave it to you to revolutionize the movement with something that already exists. When you think about it freeze dried food runs out quickly and doesn’t really provide anywhere near as much protein that fresh animals would, also rifles and weapons eventually run out of ammo or break, seems like these animal traps could go on indefinitely providing sustenance to your family not to mention the fact that they make very little noise so you wouldn’t attract a lot of attention from other people who might come to investigate loud noise, I love this idea, I am going to get one.