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Trapping and Coyote Behavior
Commercially available coyote live traps require trial and error as well as a knowledge of the pest’s habits to successfully deploy. From late summer through winter, these animals expand their large roaming territory. They leave a scent along regular paths and prefer to travel on old roads or terrain where walking is easy. Looking for tracks is a good way to recognize where they rove, though effectively setting coyote traps requires experience, skill, and patience. Catching a coyote is notoriously difficult, as every trap an individual animal escapes makes it that much more wary and harder to catch.
Coyote Trap Effectiveness
The animals’ habits and intellect make most coyote trapping techniques woefully ineffective. In fact, traps often snare other animals or even pets instead. If coyotes are actually caught, trappers have to deal with a new set of issues. Relocation is usually unsuccessful, as the pests are willing to travel extreme distances to return to their homes. Additionally, coyotes that are removed or killed are likely to be replaced with others, especially if property owners don’t remove the trash or food scraps that attracted the animals in the first place.
Restrictions on Coyote Traps
In addition to being ineffective, the practice of setting coyote traps is heavily regulated by law. States usually require permits or licenses to attempt trapping and have specific seasons when it’s allowed. In these areas, possession and relocation of live coyotes is likely illegal, with even more restrictions on killing one that is trapped. State or local wildlife divisions may have an additional rules. The experts at Trutech have the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure proper handling of nuisance coyotes.