OPENING A LEGHOLD
AS DEMONSTRATED BY MARILYN LEYBRA,
WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
All photos by Peter Muller
|Leghold Trap, in "triggered" position
|Step first on one tab, then the other
|Once both tabs are fully depressed,
the jaws can be opened. Don't let it slip!
|Jaws opened for release.
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.
some states, disturbing or removing a trap may expose you
to legal actions
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