What to do about a cage-shy (hard to trap) wild animal
You know, there is an old idea in business that has become known as the “Field of Dreams” syndrome. This is based on the 1980s movie where Kevin Costner’s character is told that if he builds a stadium that “they will come.” In this syndrome, people believe that if a set up a business or a website that consumers will automatically find it and go to shop there simply because it exists. The truth of the matter is that this is why millions of businesses have gone under, because people don’t simply come just because it’s there.
This is the problem that many face when they set up a trap to try to capture some kind of wild animal that is in or around their house. They want to get rid of that creature, and do everything imaginable to make sure that the situation is ideal to trap the little critter. However, the animal does its own thing to avoid getting into the trap. If this is a situation that you are facing, and you are wondering what to do about a cage shy wild animal, then here are a few suggestions for you.
The first thing to understand is that the reason that the animal may not be coming into your trap is that you have the wrong bait. Not every bait is going to attract every different kind of wild animal. You need to do some research to find out specifically what kind of food that animal once so that it will come into the cage to try to get it. For example, if you are trying to capture a fox, you need to use something like eggs or chicken to be able to do so. However, this would likely not work as well with something like a possum. Know your animal is an important first step.
You also have to understand that if there are other sources of food for the animal to go for then there is no reason for them to enter the cage. You can have your pet dish outside and get some fresh food from, and still expected to enter into your trap. You need to make sure that garbage can lids are sealed properly, that there are no pet dishes around, or any other source of food that can feed the animals appetite. If not, it is simply going to avoid your cage.
One last thing to check is to make sure that the cage is in a good location where the animal is actually known to be found. If there are certain locations where you see your raccoon, squirrel, possum, snake, or other animal frequently than it makes sense to put the trap near there. Just as the mountain didn’t come to Mohammed, your wild animal is not going to come to the trap. Make sure you set the trap and the location where the animal is likely to go and you will find that you will have greater success.
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