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What is a snare?*

Snares are considered to be traps, but they function differently than most other trapping devices. Snares are made of multi-strand steel cable. To use a snare, you form the cable into a loop and suspend the loop over a trail the animal is using. The animal enters the loop and tightens the snare down on itself. The snare is designed to capture the animal by the neck or body and restrain it like a dog on a leash.

Snares have the advantage of being lightweight and fairly inexpensive. They are good for making trail sets. Snares can be used like foothold traps to capture animals alive. However, snares can also be lethal and dispatch an animal like a bodygrip trap. This happens if an animal gets tangled up at the set and cannot get its feet back on the ground. A situation like this is called an entanglement situation. You must be careful to avoid entanglement situations, especially when it is possible you might catch a domestic animal in the set.

While other traps can be used over and over again, a snare can be used only once. After a snare has captured an animal, it must be replaced with a new snare. Snares work best in trail sets where an animal is moving along. They do not work effectively at baited or lured sets.

Snares are most effective for the larger furbearers, especially coyote, fox, and beaver. Raccoon can also be taken effectively in snares.

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