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Foothold traps also are known as leghold traps. These traps are the most common type used. The trap has two smooth arms called "jaws." When the furbearer steps on a pan in the center of the trap, the jaws spring together, gripping the foot.

Example of foothold trap

The following are important features of the foothold trap.

  • The foothold trap does not have teeth.
  • Foothold traps are versatile. They come in several sizes. They can be used both on land and in water. This versatility adds to the popularity of the foothold trap.
  • Foothold traps can be set to capture specific furbearers and avoid non-target species.
  • In most cases, unwanted animals can be released unharmed.