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Traps can be set either on land or in or near the water. Some types of traps are designed to kill the trapped animal, and others are designed to capture the animal alive and unharmed (live-restraining devices).

  • The most common type of killing devices are bodygrip traps.
  • Live-restraining devices include foothold traps, enclosed foothold devices, cage traps, and some types of cable devices. With these traps, you are able to release non-target animals.
  • Some furbearers are found more often in or near water. For these animals, trappers use submersion trapping systems, which hold the animal underwater until it dies.
body grip trap
Bodygrip traps catch the animal's entire body.
foothold trap
Foothold traps catch the animal when it steps on the trap.
snares or cable device trap
Snares or cable devices use a loop of cable to catch a furbearer by the neck, body, or leg.