Renae.....I would definetely trap this poor coon and put it out of it's misery. I just went in the other room after reading this and asked my husband if he had ever heard of a leg hold trap that has a second bar that snaps down on their nose. He says he has never heard of this. He said it isn't even in any of his trapping magazines.
MaryAnne, I am not saying you are wrong, because we live in a small area and maybe he just hasn't ever heard of it, and that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, so please don't think I am saying you are wrong.
I told him also about the coon you saw, Renae, and he said it sounded to him like it had either been shot, or hit by a car, not caught in a trap.
Either way....the poor thing needs to be put out of it's misery, and that just breaks my heart to think it is suffering like that!!!!
I also just talked to Brent about the whole trapping discussion going on here....and although I have alread posted a long post about it in the other thread here....I wanted to add a few more things here....
My husband is alot of things....and most of them I have called him myself...but one thing he is not, is inhumane.
He told me just now, that when he traps a coon....it dies instantly....just like a mouse trap.....how many mice do you see knawing their legs off to get out of the mouse trap....he said if they are chewing their legs off....then the trapper should not even be trapping, because they are not doing it right. I'm not saying this doesn't happen, because it does...and it is barbaric, but what I am saying is that the people who set traps where the coon has to chew their leg off to get out should not be trapping!!! That is horrible!!! He said that the only time leg hold traps should be used is in water....where they will drown within seconds, not have to starve or chew their legs off.
I know this sounds very barbaric....but if you read my other post here you will see why I believe it is necessary....and also....why is it that people think it is okay to set mouse traps....but mention a coon, fox or mink being trapped and everyone is up in arms....are not the lives of the mice just as important, even though they are much smaller?????
Yes, we trap mice because they are in our house....our territory and eating our food, ect.....we want them out. Well, the coon are eating the farmers crops....costing them thousands of dollars a year and over populating to the point of disease....they get so thick they interbreed, and interbreed and interbreed and then the diseases set in wiping out thousands of them by natures own population control. So is it better to let them over populate, interbreed and die a slow death by disease, not to mention their diseases get spread to pets and humans, or is it better to trap them and kill them in a fast way and keep their popluation under control?
Everyone talks bad about trappers.....would anyone care to think what this country would be like if their were no trappers???? It would be like if you never set a mouse trap in your house....and you just let all the mice live, and breed and breed and breed.........you would eventually have to move out of your house, because the mice would take over! Just my opinion.