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Trap Catchpole


If you catch a non-target animal in a trap, you should release it quickly and without causing the animal harm. The steps listed below provide a procedure to release non-target species. Talk with experienced trappers to learn the best procedures for different species.

  • Use a catchpole to restrain the animal.
  • Pin the animal’s head to the ground to restrain it.
  • Cover the head to calm the animal.
  • Use a shield (plywood barrier or similar material).
  • Open the trap, and release the animal.
  • Keep the barrier between the animal and you.
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