10 Easy Coyote Trapping Tips
Coyote trapping can be essential if you live in an area where coyotes threaten your crops or your animals. However, coyotes are not unintelligent animals and can oftentimes outsmart even the best traps. The following is a list of 10 easy coyote trapping tips that can help you be successful in capturing the coyotes that are causing you aggravation.
1. Make sure that your trap is fast and large.
The best kind of trap is one that has coil springs and a large jaw spread. It should be powerful enough to actually capture the coyotes, which are strong animals. A small trap might not be able to get a good grip on the coyote’s foot and this can make it easier for the coyote to escape. You also want a trap that closes quickly so that the coyote doesn’t get the chance to run away once it feels the trap closing in on it. One with 4 coils is preferable. If you want to avoid damaging the coyote’s foot then try to find a trap that has a center swivel.
2. Catch the lead coyote.
Sometimes, catching the lead coyote that is causing the damage is enough to stop the other coyotes. The coyote that usually causes the most problems is one that is male and in the prime of his life. This lead coyote can be responsible for killing livestock and is usually stronger and more aggressive than the females and young males.
3. Set traps in places where coyotes are actually killing livestock.
Coyotes tend to return to the same places over and over so setting up a trap where they continue to kill your livestock can help you ensnare them. You can also set traps next to dead animal carcasses, too, because sometimes they return to the site of their kill.
4. Do not set traps near covers.
Coyotes are nervous about approaching places that are well covered. For that reason, avoid setting traps near high weeds or right under trees because they probably will not go near these types of areas.
5. Set more than one trap.
This is especially true if you are coyote trapping near carcasses. Set up several traps around the carcass because sometimes more than one coyote will come back to the scene of the crime to leave their markings or to feed on what is left. However, don’t set the traps too close to the carcass or else the other creatures like crows and vultures might get caught in them as well.
6. Stake the carcass.
If you are setting traps near a carcass, then stake the carcass so that the coyote can’t drag it away. They are powerful animals and stronger than they might appear.
7. Reset the trap.
Once the coyote has been caught, the trap should be reset. The only time that you might not need to do this is if the dominant coyote has been caught. To cover the trap, mix in some new dirt and new lure and try not to use what was already there, as it might have become contaminated. If you caught a coyote in the trap and they left droppings or urine, then adding that to the backing of the trap can help draw other coyotes to it.
8. Use salt when coyote trapping in the wintertime.
For the most part, coyotes are usually a nuisance in the summer and springtime. Sometimes, it is difficult to catch coyotes in the winter because they are able to smell the salt that is used to keep the soil from freezing. Still, it is worth trying. If you are trapping them when the ground is frozen then mix some dry soil with salt. After you place it on the ground, you should spread another thin payer of soil over that.
9. Release any animals that are not coyotes.
If your intentions are to trap coyotes, then efforts should be made to release any animals that you catch that are not coyotes. However, use caution when dealing with wild animals.
10. Be wary of where you place traps.
The object is to catch coyotes, not your neighbor’s dog or cat, or one of your own animals. Don’t place coyote traps anywhere that non-target animals frequently use.