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Course Outline

Box trap
Cage (box) traps come in different lengths and have doors that vary in size.
Box Trap—May be used only on land
  • Used when the possibility of catching pets is high
  • Mesh box has a swinging door to let animal in, but not out
Foothold Traps—Used on land or in the water
  • Trap holds an animal’s foot and typically will cause little damage to the animal

Cable Restraint

  • Less expensive, lighter in weight, and less likely to freeze in cold weather than other types of traps
  • In Pennsylvania, cable restraints are used only to trap fox and coyote from January to the end of the established fox and coyote seasons
  • Restraints must have maximum and minimum loop stops and must have breakaway devices to help prevent capture of non-target species
  • Trappers must successfully complete a Cable Restraint Certification or Successful Furtaking course before using cable restraints to trap
Foothold Traps
Foothold Traps: Underspring/jump (top left), longspring (top right), and coil-spring (bottom)
Trap Cable Restraint
Cable Restraint
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