Leg hold traps are the most common, the least likely to injure your pet (provided
you are near at hand) and the easiest to open. If your pet is struggling so much
that you can't get at the trap, put your jacket, shirt, anything, over his head both
to quiet him and to prevent him from biting you. Once your dog (or cat) is controllable,
kneel down, place a hand on each spring at the side of the trap, and press down.
If you can't depress the springs this way, stand with your feet on the ends of the
trap as shown below. The jaws will relax and the paw will pull free. Most injuries
occur when the animal bites at the trap, at his paw, or struggles so hard that he
injures his leg.
Snares set for furbearers are generally made of steel aircraft cable and have a locking
device, which prevents the snare from loosening after the animal is captured. As
a result, the harder the animal fights the snare, the tighter the locking device
closes. The intent of this design is to kill the target animal quickly. Due to their
size, snares set for fox, coyote or bobcat may present a risk to dogs in wildlife
Some of the information on snares and leg hold traps comes from the Nova Scotia Natural
Insert a finger between the cable and the dog’s neck so you can insert the wire cutters.
Use a good pair of wire cutters to cut the steel cable.
These instructions do not mention that the dog may be struggling violently and that
the noose may be embedded in the neck's flesh.
Leg Hold Traps
M44 is a device that ejects cyanide into the mouth of an animal and is commonly used
to kill coyotes. They are not selective and therefore kill non-targeted animals including
dogs. Most states have banned this brutal device for use by the public, but it is
used by the Federal Wildlife Services. M44 is deployed on both public and private