Are cage traps a humane approach to wildlife control? If so, how to use cage traps?
When dealing with nuisance wildlife, trapping and releasing is a reliable method to get rid of the animals and keep them away, provided you seal up your home and take the animals far enough. Before using a cage trap, you should take the time to research how to do so properly. This will not only ensure that your removal methods are effective, but will also keep your actions humane. As is always the case, you can make using cage traps humanely simple by leaving it to the professionals; they have experience with these methods and know the right way to use them.
Always Check For Young First
The first, and probably most important, step to humanely use cage traps is to check whether young are present, and this applies regardless of the wildlife in question. You never want to separate a mother and her young from each other as this is frequently a death sentence for the babies as they will not be able to fend for themselves. It can also cause the mother animal unnecessary stress as she tries to return. If babies are present, either way to use the cage trap until they have grown or be prepared to grab them by hand to reunite them with their mother. You can even use the baby animals as bait for the live trap.
Place It Properly
To make sure the animal in question will be fine within the cage trap, you also have to make sure to place it in the right spot. Always put it on a level surface so the trap won’t shift and hurt the animal within. You should also confirm that it is not in an area with direct sunlight as this can be harmful for the trapped animal.
Check It Regularly
Even when you place the cage trap properly, you should take care to check it regularly, at least every few hours. This way, the animal will not be left inside the trap wondering what is happening for too long. You should always minimize the animal’s time in the trap since some will accidentally injure themselves trying to escape. There is also the fact that they won’t have food, water, or shelter while in the trap.
Choose The Relocation Destination Carefully
Finally, make sure that you select the place to relocate the animal carefully. To increase the wildlife’s chances of survival, release them somewhere with easy access to food, water, and shelter. If you aren’t sure where to release them, your local government or wildlife rehabilitation center may have suggestions.
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