Cable Restraint Regulations
When used correctly, cable restraint devices hold animals alive and allow trappers to release non-target animals unharmed. The devices can be used to take furbearers from November 15 through January 31 the following year by trappers who have successfully completed a cable restraint training course, validated by a certified instructor. For information on the training course, see the links below and contact a regional office.
Cable restraint devices MUST:
- Be made of stranded steel cable, not greater than 5 feet long (not including extension, with a diameter of not less than 5/64 inch and equipped with a commercially manufactured breakaway rated at 350 pounds or less, a relaxing-type lock, a stop device that prevents it from closing to less than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and an anchor swivel. Note: Compression-type chokes and other mechanically powered springs are prohibited.
- Have a loop size of 12 inches diameter or smaller when set
- Have the bottom of the cable loop set at least 6 inches or greater above the ground
- Be anchored solidly or staked in a location not allowing entanglement
- Be checked daily.
Cable restraint devices must NOT be:
- Capable of extending to within 12 inches of a fence
- Set using a drag
- Set with a kill-pole
- Used within 150 feet of any dwelling or driveway leading to a dwelling.
Note: Trappers may not possess live coyotes, red fox, and gray fox after March 15.