I am hoping that someone can explain the mechanics of one type of animal trap. See poor partial picture below…and my visual inspection discussion below.
Yesterday I climbed up into the mountain behind my house to try to save a small deer caught in a trap. I was able to cut the wire cable but the deer took off before I could grab him and try to release the snare on his leg.
If this happens again I want to be prepared with knowledge how to completely free the animal.
This happened at night and I was trying to not scare the deer any more as he was flailing around vigorously…I was worried he would break his leg….so I focussed on cutting the wire as my first step.
Anyway, this is what I saw:
-snare around the animals leg. I only briefly touched the leg and could not see clearly the snare wire construction.
-spring coil. This seemed to be linked to the snare. I stretched out the spring coil in hopes of loosening up the snare but could not see any effect.
-PVC pipe. One piece was loose and near the snare. Another longer piece was farther up and contained part of the spring.
-wing screw/nut. This was at the upper part of the PVC pipe. I loosened the screw which fell out of the pipe. This MIGHT have been attached to the spring.
-steel wire. I am not sure if the wire reached all the way from the anchor point to the snared leg (meaning maybe was attached to the spring and did not run through middle of spring). The wire may or may not have been looped over a small tree. I pulled the tree down so I could have more wire near me so easier to cut.
Next time I hope to actually straddle the deer to hold him down and work directly on the snare. This sounds easy but depends on location. Yesterday, I had to spend 5 minutes cutting away thorn bushes just to have a place to work and try to keep the deer from getting tangled in the bushes as well. While I am doing this the deer is thrashing around. I tried to put a towel over the deer’s head to calm him down but that did not work well as I was not holding him down.
My hope is the snare loosened when the main steel wire was cut. My fear is that the snare and even the PVC pipe and spring are still attached to the deer.
My question is how exactly does this type of snare work? Any insights would be helpful. I have tried to google animal snares but cannot find a similar enough device…especially with the spring inside PVC with a wing screw/nut. I just hope that I do not have to work directly on the trapped animal’s foot as that is tough but assume that might be the only way to completely release the animal.
Sorry this mail is so long….just hope I am clear enough.