The Fenn Trap is a British trap that is similar in appearance to the foothold but unlike the foothold is designed to kill the captured animal. In this latter way, the Fenn Trap is like a conibear-style trap. The British Rat Trap company sells traps here in the US. Of course their main market is ordinary rodents like rats. But I wondered if the trap would fit inside a prairie dog burrow. It does.
The trap pictured is the small Fenn Trap not the large version. One advantage of using traps for prairie dogs is that there are no toxicants that could potentially harm others either by primary or secondary poisoning. If you decide to use traps like the Fenn Trap for prairie dogs then be sure they are anchored well. If you don’t predators like the coyote will appreciate the free meal and while they are at it, they will take the trap too.
I haven’t tried the trap in the field yet, but hope to in 2018. Stay tuned.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.