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Demonstration by La Trenda
See below the clip for more info on using humane traps
Set the trap, then walk or drive a good distance from the trap immediately after setting it. If you are able to observe the trap from a distance, this would best because you can stop any unintended wildlife from entering the trap.
If you must leave the trap out of your sight, use a strong cable or chain to lock the trap to a tree or other staionary object to reduce the chances of theft. Also put a note on top of the trap in large letters that reads something like this: THIS IS A HUMANE TRAP. IF A DOG/CAT IS CAUGHT, PLEASE DO NOT LET HIM/HER OUT. PLEASE CALL 000-000-0000.
If the trap will be out of your sight, go back to the site to check it often. Especially during extreme heat or cold or other inclement weather.
Food in the trap might attract ants. Use a safe product like 7 dust to sprinkle around the trap to cut down on the ant population - be especially cautious of red ants.
Baiting the Trap
When baiting the trap, put a trail of food outside leading all the way to the back of the trap and put most of the food in the back of the trap. YOu can also put a bowl of water in the back of the trap. <> Placing the trap.
Put the trap on a level surface in a quiet area where the intended animal frequents. Slightly camoflaging the trap might also help - under some branches or a bush, etc.. Covering the trap (leaving both ends open) usually helps for cats. Probably best to leave the trap open for dogs. You might also try laying a towel or newspapers on the floor of the trap - also covering the trap door that must be stepped on. Some animals will be nervous about putting their paws on the metal grates.
If the trap will be placed on private property, be sure to get permission from the owner of the property.
Even mild mannered animals might become scaredd and aggressive when caught. Be sure to carry the trap by the handles and do not put fingers through the grates of the trap.
Once the animal is caught, do NOT open the trap outside. Wait until you are in a secure location (like your house). Open the back of the trap in a location that will allow the animal some room to run off so he/she can feel safe and not threatened - a good sized room in your house.
If the animal seems afraid, leave food and water then leave him/her alone - for at least 12 hours. Give him/her some time to calm down and adjust. You might also provide a "den" for the animal - someplace he or she can retreat to - If the room has a closet, this might do. But a crate would be best. Do not force the aninmal into the cate. Leave the crate in the room, put some soft blankets, some toys, a little food and water in the crate. Also leave food outside the crate incase the animal is afraid to go into the crate. See more info at http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddtbr7bw_94fpbtt4fs