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old standby could use a few improvements, August 31, 2008

Havahart 1079 Live Animal Professional-Style One-Door Raccoon, Groundhog, Opossum, and Stray Cat Cage Trap Havahart 1079 Live Animal Professional-Style One-Door Raccoon, Groundhog, Opossum, and Stray Cat Cage Trap available on February 01 2015 from Amazon for 59.99
Fortunately I've used this type of trap before and know how the trigger is supposed to work. The unit I received required some "custom bending" of the trigger arm before I could set it at all, and a little more tweaking to get the trigger set to a sensitive level.Since practically any critter you're likely to trap is going to poop in the cage (out of fear or impatience)it would make sense to make a solid bottom to the trap that wont transfer poop to whatever vehicle you use to transfer the animal. You will have to rinse it out anyway, so why not design it to save the extra step of using something under it?Otherwise a strong, reliable and long-lasting trap with a well balanced handle.

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Fortunately I've used this type of trap before and know how the trigger is supposed to work. The unit I received required some "custom bending" of the trigger arm before I could set it at all, and a little more tweaking to get the trigger set to a sensitive level.Since practically any critter you're likely to trap is going to poop in the cage (out of fear or impatience)it would make sense to make a solid bottom to the trap that wont transfer poop to whatever vehicle you use to transfer the animal. You will have to rinse it out anyway, so why not design it to save the extra step of using something under it?Otherwise a strong, reliable and long-lasting trap with a well balanced handle.
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I've used this trap to catch groundhogs (woodchucks) and done so successfully on a number of occasions.The trap is easy to set up. We covered it with a little hay both inside and on top to make it seem more natural. We use fresh ice burg lettuce as bait, which they absolutely love and we put the trap near their hole. It took about 3 days to catch the first one, then 2 days for the second and third.Releasing can be tricky - the trap is easy enough to open, but you want to make sure you're safe and that the animal won't be tempted to come after you. I usually release from inside the van, opening the side door and putting the cage on the ground.Be sure to clean the cage after every use, and keep it clean and dry in between uses.
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Anyone who deals with feral animals on a regular basis will do well to have their own Havahart trap, rather than getting one for a limited time from the Humane Society; that way when the opportunity for capturing the animal presents itself, one is ready for the moment. Also, trapping some wary or streetwise animals can take patience, gradually placing the food further in the trap. A few critters take time to get used to the mesh under their paws, and feel secure enough to venture into the trap, and occasionally it's longer than the fortnight the Humane Society allots for the rental.For me, it's the feral cats that accumulate in my apartment complex garage, scrounging for food and seeking shelter. Depending on the estimated health and age of the animal, one can either trap and then neuter/spay and release, or take them to the local animal control. The purpose is to stop the cycle of misery caused by the endless multiplication of unwanted cats, some born to mothers so hungry...
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