Despite the claims of some to the contrary, many problems can only be solved by capturing and removing the offending animal. Read my essay entitled "Why Trapping" for a defense of traps.
The first are called gravity door traps. These traps, rely on the force of gravity to close the doors. In general, these traps are less expensive to manufacture than spring loaded door traps. The main advantage of gravity door traps lies in the ability of the trapper to easily release a catch. All one has too do is to roll the trap on its back and the door will open. Of course the problem with this is that while traveling in your vehicle the trap can roll over in your trunk and let the animal out. So when you open the trunk you have a freed animal waiting for you!
Spring Loaded doors, on the other hand, can actually close against the force of gravity. So once the animal is caught, even if the trap rolls over the door will remain closed. The disadvantage with this trap is that if you want to release an animal, like a skunk, you will need to approach the trap very closely in order to bend the spring back to allow the door to open. These traps also tend to be more expensive.
These come in gravity or spring loaded varieties. Generally speaking, spring loaded doors are preferable as they are less prone to misfires.
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