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Wildlife First Aid

OPENING A CONIBEAR OR "KILLER" TRAP

the trap in set position
how the jaws snap shut

(Don't worry, the raccoon is a stuffed toy!)

what a trapped animal looks like

Herculean strength is required to press together the two ends.
  Trappers use the tool in the left photo below.

 
trap opening tool
squeezing the spring
clipping the spring

Hold the handle together and use the attached clip to keep it closed while you squeeze the other handle closed.

Sometimes if the victim is in a lot of pain, and it is clear that you will not be able to effect a release, put the victim with the trap still on into a container.  Go to a vet who can sedate the animal, remove the trap*, and treat the injury.  Rehabilitators are the best people to call for this.  They usually list themselves with the local police or veterinarians.

Wildlife Watch / Rehabilitator Hotline:

877-WILD-HELP
( 877-945-3435 )

Caution:  In some states, disturbing or removing a trap may expose you to legal actions by the state and trap owner.

 

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