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Conibear traps are also known as body gripping traps and were created by Frank Conibear. Since they first hit the market during the late 1950s, they have been incredibly popular options. Compared to some other traps, they are easy to use, affordable, and will kill the animal more quickly and humanely.
How They Work
The basic idea of a conibear trap is that it will quickly close around an animal’s neck and provide enough force to kill the animal instantly so it doesn’t suffer. As such, they are considered one of the more humane lethal traps. The trap is made of two metal squares that close and open similar to scissors. There is either a single spring or a set of two that will close the trap quickly when it is activated. When the animal moves the trap’s trigger, it activates.
Setting The Trap
To set up the trap, you compress the springs and then use the spring safety latch to secure them. After they are compressed, you can open the square jaws and set up the trigger. You can bend the trigger in various shapes or bait it to help catch the particular type of animal you want. There are three sizes of traps, with the smallest being ideal for minks and muskrats, the medium one ideal for opossums and raccoons, and the largest for otters and beavers. If you pick a larger trap, you may need to use tongs to help you compress the spring. When setting up the trap, be sure to put it along the animal’s common trail.
When using the traps underwater, you will want to secure it by shoving a long stick into each of the spring holes and then securing this stick into the ground. You will then want to set up guide sticks along either side of the trap as a way to funnel the animal so it is forced to go through the trap’s opening.
Since conibear traps kill the animal instantly, there are many limitations and regulations surrounding them. Many areas only allow them to be used underwater or say you can only use them on the land if they are a few feet off the ground. These regulations are designed to prevent accidentally catching dogs, cats, or other unwanted animals.
Should You Use Them?
The biggest reason not to use a conibear trap is that it can very easily kill the wrong animal. They can injure humans if left unattended or kill a small cat or dog. That being said, if your goal is to kill the animal you are catching, then a conibear trap will do so in a much more humane manner than other traps.