How to Make a Snare Trap for a Coyote


Coyotes are predator animals that look like large dogs. These animals most often live in agricultural areas, where they can become nuisances in farm fields. They also are known to prey on the eggs of ground-nesting birds and, if they can, the birds themselves. As a result, coyotes are one of the most commonly trapped species. Snares, which trappers can make on their own, are one of the most effective ways of catching them.

Things You'll Need

  • 9-gauge wire
  • Stake
  • Hammer
  • Bend the end of a piece of 48-inch wire to create a small loop. Wrap the wire around itself so the loop does not come undone.

  • Thread the end of the wire through the loop to create a large circle. It should look like a lasso.

  • Wrap the end of the wire around a stake. Do so a sufficient number of times that the wire will not come undone from the stake.

  • Drive the stake into the ground at a likely spot. The stake must be heavy enough that it will not break as a coyote thrashes around. Set the snare along trails leading to agricultural fields, at spots where there are holes under fences, or other areas you know coyotes use.

  • Move the small loop along the wire so the large loop is about 12 inches in diameter. Raise or lower the wire so the bottom of the large loop is 8 inches off the ground.

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