Where do you stand on coyote snaring? Listen to an experienced trapper explain snaring before you jump to conclusions.
I recently wrote an article debunking common myths of trapping. In the piece I mentioned that in our current society, trapping is one of the most misunderstood outdoor pursuits we have.
Trapper numbers aren't what they used to be, so it often unjustly receives the reputation as a bloodsport of the past that needs dropped over the precipice into extinction. Not only would this not be a good idea for animal populations, it is not a good idea for people, either.
One aspect of trapping many non-trappers are uncomfortable with is snaring. Snares refers to a loop designed to slip over the animal's head and secure around the neck. It is a good way to catch animals if you have located their travel routes. Lots of animals are caught using snares, but coyotes are probably snared as much as anything. Some people argue coyote snaring is unethical and the practice should be banned. My guess is those folks aren't trappers.
Before you make your decision about the ethics of coyote snaring, listen to an experienced trapper describe his view on the ethics of the subject.
The video shows a man named Ross Hinter. Ross appears to be an experienced trapper, and other videos verify his appreciation for the animals he traps as well.
Hopefully after watching the video those unfamiliar with trapping will have a better idea about the nature of coyote snaring, as well as how snares are evolving. It also highlights a major trend in trapping to consider the animal in the trap. Trappers enjoy the pursuit of the animal and the challenge as much as anything and are not a bloodthirsty group.
If you've been on the fence about trapping in general, or coyote snaring, hopefully you will take the perspective of trappers into account. Trappers provide an important service to lots of folks around the country. Also like hunters and fishermen they are boots on the ground conservationists in their local areas. By better understanding snares and how they function you can make the best decision about where you stand on coyote snaring.