WOLVES

by Albert Roura / Miércoles, 29 enero 2014 / Published in TRAPPING TECHNIQUES

WOLVES

I like to hang snares 3/32 cable on wolf trails here around the trapping area hoping to wire up wolves. Two weeks ago we got two, a black male and light grey female in a large bait station we have across the river. After getting them thawed out and the hide off, was ready to go check out that site again and other sites that I have wire around.

After getting 2′ of snow, and then a warming of a few days, I went up on a high ridge close to the river, where I have about 12 snares hanging, some high in wolf trails and some low on other game trails. After going about 1/2 way up the ridge, I notice two different sets of Lynx tracks, looking like they were made early that morning, I got really excited thinking I would have at least one Lynx hanging. When getting closer to the top of the ridge I began to see wolverine tracks and they were headed right into one of my game trails where I had hung some snares. Getting up on top and following the tracks, I discovered the 3/32 cable had scored me a nice male wolverine. Great catch around the neck, the snare fell fast (cam- lock with a killer spring right behind it, wammy on snare hooked to #9 wire) and looked like the animal took about two steps away from the set twisted around about four times, (this is typical of wolverine when snared) and just sat down. I hang my snare as high as I can reach and leave very little slack, so the animal caught has not much fighting time.

Was really excited to get back, as wanted to get a photo of the two wolves that we had just finished up and add this great wolverine catch.
Black male wolf weighed 105 lbs., grey female wolf, 97 lbs. and the wolverine around 26 lbs. also a male.
So far has been a great trapping season.
Betty Worren
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