Encapsulated Foot Traps
Encapsulated Foot Traps are a type of trap that triggers when an animal inserts its foot inside a
tube-like hole. The more common name for these traps is “dog-proof” traps. While these traps for the most part are dog-proof, because most dogs can’t fit their paws inside the tube, it is not the best term for referring to these traps.
Encapsulated foot traps come in a wide variety of models. I have shown 3 in the photo, but trust me there are more. While these traps are not perfect (no trap really is), encapsulated foot traps provide several advantages that should be kept in mind:
- Less-likely to capture non-target animals, such as dogs.
- Their encapsulated structure helps reduce foot damage to the animal.
- They have a higher capture rate for raccoons than cage or box traps.
- Portable and lower cost than cage or box traps.
This past trapping season, I had the opportunity to learn more about these traps. I like them, but they do have some issues that must be addressed by conscientious trappers. Stay tuned as I will cover them in future editions.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
If you would like your publication, video, or product reviewed, please contact the author at the e-mail above.
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.