Connibear traps are known to be the most fatal traps because they can either injure or kill a trapped animal. They are also dangerous to pets therefore you’ve to be careful when you set them to capture wild animals.
These traps have a frame; square in shape and two jaws that rotate and they vary in terms of sizes for instance the larger ones have two springs. The main purpose of these traps is to strike animals on the neck especially the small and medium sized animals. The traps usually strike on the neck or any part of the body and in most cases; they end up killing the captured animal very quickly.
It is therefore advisable to act quickly to prevent the trapped animal from actually losing its life therefore you have to set the trap in an open area where you can easily monitor from time to time.
How to free an animal from the connibear trap
- When the animal is trapped, squeeze the two springs and then twist the trap to prevent the jaws from placing a lot of pressure on the wind pipe of the trapped animal.
- Hold tightly one of the springs using both your hands until you are sure that the safety lock on the trap can be fastened over the arm of that spring. The main purpose of this step is to relieve excess pressure on the trap hence the wind pipe of the animal will be spared
- Twist the other spring and lock its arm using the other safety lock to completely release pressure off the animal’s wind pipe
- When the jaws of the trap are loose, you can comfortably slide the head of the animal from the trap
There are instances where it becomes impossible to release the springs off the trap but you can use piece of rope; four feet long.
You can therefore thread the rope through the rings of the spring and hold the trap on the ground using one foot. Tie the other end of the rope around the spring and pull it outwardly. Push the two springs far away from each other. The main purpose of this stage is to completely release pressure off the animal’s neck. Pull the rope harder from one of its sides to easily engage the safety lock; after a couple of minutes, the jaws on the trap will loosen up and you will be able to free the animal from the connibear trap.
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- updated for year 2020.