My arsenal of foot hold traps include laminated and cast iron or rubber lined jaws to minimize damage to the foot of the caught animal. I have attached shock springs on all my traps to prevent a lunging animal from damaging his foot or leg. I prefer to use drags which allow the caught animal to get to a place where he feels safe and therefore endures less stress compared to being staked in the open.
I also utilize foot snares which allow me to release most non-target captures without any injury being inflicted on the foot or leg.
Predator calling is also a very valuable part of the control methods that I offer. The type of call and decoys I use enables me to target the problem animals. This is a very selective tool for controlling livestock predation.
Neck snares are very humane and efficient in removing coyotes but cannot be set at many locations due to the presence of guard dogs.
I do not believe in attempting to eradicate predators. Despite the problems they create they are vital to a healthy environment. I have found that not all coyotes will prey on livestock therefore I recommend to producers to let the resident coyotes co-exist if they not experiencing any attacks. Coyotes are territorial, if you kill coyotes around your operation that are not causing losses you are risking opening up their range to problem animals.
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Warning: The following graphic images illustrate the real consequences of livestock predation, both for the predator and the prey.
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