A snare pole or catch pole, come-along pole or rabies pole is considered by most wildlife and animal professionals to be the most humane way to catch a difficult creature. Although the catch pole seems to be a simple device, it is still most effective if used properly. The catch pole consists of a long pole with a rope or cable attached. The rope is threaded through a catch mechanism that causes the cable to forms a slip knot. This device can be used to quickly and humanely restrain an animal. Although animal experts are trained in the proper use of a catch pole, you can learn to use it correctly by following just a few simple steps. When using the catch pole, always examine the pole ahead of time to insure the catch and rope are operating properly. NEVER use a catch pole to trap a cat. This will create a dangerous situation for both you and the animal.
When going after the animal, approach it slowly and none aggressively. Hold the pole in a relaxed position at you side, with the cables loose. Lifting the pole in a casual manner, slide the loop over the animals head or head and forepaw(s) and pull the loop just tight enough restrain the animal. Never try to choke or force the animal because this will create a tense situation. When catching a dog, looping the head is proper procedure.
When trapping a raccoon or other wild creature, always loop at least one front leg. Once the animal is caught, maneuver or walk the creature forward by stepping next to or behind the animal and gently guide it with the pole. If the animal begins to struggle, stop and wait until you can regain control before moving again. Once you have reached your destination, most likely a cage or box, guide the animal inside. Once it is inside, position the creature so it is facing the door of the container. While closing the lid or door, allow the loop to loosen. Just before it closes lift off the loop and remove the pole while securing the door.
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