Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?
I trapped for a living back in the 80's, and all that others have posted is accurate. I, personally, have caught two mountain lions in bobcat sets, and yes, they are troublesome to release. The trapping of cougar in this environmentalist infested area is not legal, so live release is mandantory... However, no-one has ever explained how you are expected to accomplish THAT task. Both of these that I caught were snapped in #2 Montgomery's, coil spring "step-in" models. One a single trap with a drag, the other, two traps. Both sets afforded shade for the animal. As far as catchin' them....curiosity kills the cat. A bird wing on a double loop of bailing wire (so's it waves in the wind) over the bait works great, but MUST be restricted from overhead viewing or you will invent an eagle/hawk problem that is nearly as difficult a live release situation. (Cats hunt by sight, and at night) Nearly any dead animal bait (FRESH), will work. Trap concealment and scent considerations are largely un-important. Cats are curious and don't seem to use their sense of smell as a cautionary asset. You can "move" them around easily (ie. make them step over a branch and into your trap) A little urine from another cat DOES help, but not necessary. Normally a cat will find a spot with a great view..and watch for movement, then investigate. A trap LARGER than a #2 is recommended. If You figure out how to release that critter without the help of a .22 long rifle between the head-lites...let me know. Keep the kids in the house until the problem is resolved. Good Luck!
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