How To: Setting A Humane Wildlife Trap

16 December 2022


A Guide to Ethical and Effective Animal Control

Wildlife can be a nuisance for homeowners, farmers, and urban dwellers alike. These animals; such as squirrels, raccoons, or skunks enter our spaces and cause damage and pose a threat. It’s natural to want to get rid of them. However, it’s important to remember that these animals are just trying to survive and find food, shelter, and a place to raise their young. That’s why using humane methods to control wildlife, such as using a humane wildlife trap is important.

What is a Humane Wildlife Trap?

A humane wildlife trap is a device that allows you to capture an animal without harming it. These traps are designed to allow the animal to enter, but not to escape. You are able to release it into a more suitable location. Humane traps are known as “live traps” because they allow the animal to be captured alive, rather than killed or injured.

There are many different types of humane wildlife traps available. These include box traps, cage traps, and tube traps. The most appropriate type of trap for a particular situation will depend on the size and behavior of the animal. It’s important to choose a trap that is large enough for the animal to move around comfortably and that is strong enough to hold the animal securely.


    There are several reasons why it’s important to use a humane wildlife trap rather than a lethal method of control:

  1. It’s more ethical. Humane traps allow you to capture an animal without causing it any harm or stress. This is important because all animals deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

  2. It’s more effective. Humane traps are often more effective at controlling wildlife than lethal methods because they allow you to remove the animal from the area, rather than just killing it. This means that you can prevent future problems by removing the animal from the source of the conflict.

  3. It’s more environmentally friendly. Humane traps do not use any toxic chemicals or leave behind any harmful residue. This makes them a more environmentally friendly option.

How to Set:

If you have decided to use a humane wildlife trap to control a problem animal, there are a few steps you can follow to ensure that the process goes smoothly:

  1. Choose the right trap. As mentioned above, it’s important to choose a trap that is appropriate for the size and behavior of the animal you are trying to capture.

  2. Position the trap in the right location. To increase the chances of catching the animal, place the trap in an area where the animal is known to frequent or where it is causing damage.

  3. Bait the trap. Most humane traps come with a built-in mechanism for baiting the trap, such as a food tray or a bait box. Use a food that the animal is known to enjoy, such as fruit or nuts for squirrels or seeds for birds.

  4. Check the trap regularly. It’s important to check the trap at least once a day to ensure that the animal has not been trapped for an extended period of time. If the animal has been caught, release it as soon as possible into a more suitable location.

  5. Dispose of the trap properly. Once the animal has been released, it’s important to clean the trap thoroughly to remove any odors that might attract other animals. It’s also a good idea to relocate the trap to a different location to prevent the same animal from being caught again.

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