BELISLE FOOT SNARE
BELISLE STEPPING FOOTSNARE
There are three sizes of this trap´s model: belisle tr 6, Belisle tr 8, Belisle tr 12. It depends on the target specie; we will use one kind of trap or the other.
Belisle tr 6 usually it´s used to catch red fox, even coyotes. Belisle tr 8 it´s used usually to catch big coyotes or wolves. And belisle tr 12 it´s used to catch Bears.
Technically it is a restrains trap , which consists of two parts: a mechanism consisting of two metal jaws, a trigger that is activated when an animal steps on it , and a pressure regulator to avoid non target species catches, when they step over the trap , it doesn´t triggers . When closing the jaws, we meet the real function of the second part of the trap: the snare.
Really the animal is captured through this snare, because it closes around the leg of the animal, avoiding it´s escapes. The animal, once captured, the mechanical mechanism hits the ground, It´s disarmed and is completely detached from the real catch. This part is important to note, because if the animal remained captured by the jaws of the trap, then this would be a leg hold trap, and therefore illegal in the EU according reglament3254/91 to use leg hold traps.
The loop in turn is attached to an anchoring system through a spring that absorbs the animal jerks trying to escape, avoiding the injuries on the leg. The anchor has to be deeper as well as the target specie we are looking for. 40 cm it´s enough to catch red foxes, but wolves or big coyotes could be interesting to put anchors at least 60 cm, depending on the kind of soil where we are working.
Technics: There are different techniques for using this model of traps, but the most commonly practiced is known in English as “dirt hole set”. The trap is placed in the ground, and depending the specie we will place the bait at 15 cm behind the trap if we are looking for foxes, 20 cm for coyotes, and 25 cms for wolves, a little deviated to the left side of the trap; the bait will be covered by grass, so that the animal can only smell but not see the bait, and it will be attired to bit and looking for the bait, this is the key moment, because the animal will step on the trigger , so the trap will be closed on his leg. It’s important to know that the animal only can feel the smell from one direction, to forward it perfectly to the trap´s position, and avoiding mistakes; If the animal can smell the bait from back of the right direction, he can takes the bait, avoiding to step on the trap.
Next article we will describe more technics about using Belisle foot snare traps.