Every year, we have a visitor sometimes in our backyard – a groundhog. This year I have learned from my neighbor that this groundhog is literally living under her shed. She was concerned about it because it is digging tunnels there. Personally I was concerned for my children and her son. When I checked out with our city, I have learned that we would have to call a specialist in order to remove the critter from our vicinities and pay for it ourselves.
One solution would be to get a catch and release cage trap in order to catch the groundhog. Once caught, the animal can be released within a 1 km radius of the location where it was trapped. Also an animal should not be in a cage for more than 24 hours or be killed by the person who catch it.
The Havahart 1085 Easy Set One-Door Cage Trap for Raccoons, Stray Cats, Groundhogs and Opossums one-door cage trap will allow you to catch bigger critters like raccoons, stray cats, groundhogs or opossums. I suppose you could also catch smaller animals like squirrels, rabbits, and so on.
I am very impressed with the construction and the facility to use this cage. The handles are strong and sturdy which is great to carry trap or open the door. Yes it is big in size but it can be very useful to own one when you have various animals living in your neighborhood. Once while taking a walk, we have seen a family of raccoons crossing the road. Not something you wish to have in your backyard when you have children – trust me.
The handle is easy to lift up in order to leave the door open. All you have to do is put the appropriate bait into the trip plate. If you are wondering what kind of food you would need to catch the animal that visit your backyard, do not worry about it because a list of suggested baits is included with the cage. For example, for a groundhog, you would need crisp bacon, fish, fresh vegetables or cat food. Once the food is placed in the cage, all you have to do is to place the cage at the place where the animal visits.
Once you catch the animal, you will have to bring it at a safe place to release it. To release the animal, re-open the door by lifting the handle in a lock position. It is strongly suggested to wear gloves when handling a trap that contains an animal. Also stay clear until the animal has left the trap. Always check with your city to discover the rules and regulations concerning the move of an animal. Also never leave children near a captured animal.
The Havahart 1085 is available for purchase at amazon.ca.
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