Cage Trapping Bobcats
Why would anyone want to cage trap a bobcat? Some people do not have a choice. Arizona, Colorado, California, and Washington have outlawed leg hold traps so trappers wanting to capitalize on the bobcat fur market need to switch tactics. This is the reason I went to cage trapping.
There are also other reasons why people would purposely cage trap
rather than using traditional foot hold traps. In some
areas a foot hold trap might catch a domestic pet or possibly a
human. I sometimes trap in locations not far from highways.
A driver pulling over to let his pet take a bathroom break is at no
risk allowing his pet to walk around and sniff the area.
Also when a gland lure is used the typical behavior of the bobcat is to nuzzle the lure with the side of his face, head, and shoulders. If this occurs in a foothold trap the trap can close on the side of the head or shoulder of the cat allowing it to escape. You will return to find some hair and a sprung trap. Here is a short video clip of a lion here in AZ collected by Mark Healey fro Wildlife Callers. You will see the lions reaction to natural gland when dispersed on the ground by other species.
While refusals are common in cage trapping, then my cage trap is sprung you will most certainly have a bobcat inside.
Video courtesy of of Mark Healey of Wildlife Callers. More
information on lions and other predators can be read at Mark's Blog
If you have question about a particular cage, including a custom built cage please e-mail me at email@example.com. I check my e-mail at least once a day. You can also call me at 623-203-1451.