How to catch a rabbit in a cage trap

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How to catch a rabbit in a cage trap
Using a cage is a method of live-trapping rabbits. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

There are a variety of reasons why people trap rabbits in cages. Some do it because the rabbits eat the plants from their gardens and the trappers want to relocate them. Others trap rabbits and use them to train dogs. Still others trap rabbits in a cage, kill them and eat them. Whatever people decide to do with the rabbits, the process for catching them in a cage trap is the same.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bait
  • Rabbit cage trap

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  1. 1

    Select the proper trap size. A cage trap that measures 24 inches long by 7 inches wide by 7 inches high works well.

  2. 2

    Locate areas with high rabbit activity. Some of the most likely spots are gardens, along fence rows and in or beside or brush piles. If possible, watch the animals as they move around and determine the trails they use to get from one spot to another.

  3. 3

    Select bait. Some of the most effective baits for rabbits are apples, cabbage, carrots, corn and lettuce.

  4. 4

    Place bait around the area you intend to trap. Doing this for a day or two familiarises the rabbits with that type of food.

  5. 5

    Place the trap in a trail you have identified, or on the edges of a brush pile or garden.

  6. 6

    Latch the door of the trap to the top of the trap. Most cage traps come rigged with a hook for attaching the door to the top of the trap.

  7. 7

    Place the bait at the back of the trap, behind the pan. When the rabbit steps on the pan, it springs the trap.

  8. 8

    Check your rabbit cage trap at least once a day.

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