Use of Cable Restraints in Missouri
After studying reports about the safe and efficient use of cable restraints (sometimes called “relaxing snares”) to capture coyotes and foxes, in 2004 the Missouri Department of Conservation adopted new regulations to allow trappers to use these devices for the first time. The MDC and the Missouri Trappers Association entered into an agreement to provide resident trappers in Missouri with training to learn the best methods for using cable restraints on land.
Unlike snares on land, cable restraints capture and hold animals alive and without significant injuries, and can be used safely in areas where other traps may pose problems for pets and other animals. When used properly by trained trappers, cable restraints have a great track record of holding captured animals without mortalities and with few injuries. Cable restraints have been scientifically tested along with dozens of other types of traps and were found to be the most humane capture device yet tested anywhere in the nation.
Due to concerns for the safety of hunting dogs and free-roaming pets, the MDC formed an advisory committee (which included several representatives from dog-hunting groups) to discuss the potential use of cable restraints in Missouri. After many months of discussions, the advisory committee unanimously approved of this tool for use by trained trappers in Missouri.
Following the committee’s recommendations, the MDC adopted specific regulations that allow holders of a Missouri Resident Trapping Permit to participate in a special season for Cable Restraints. Trappers must complete a Cable Restraint Training Program and pass a test to become eligible to use this trapping method.
The fact that cable restraints have been in use for three trouble-free years—even in areas visited by hunting dogs—demonstrates that Missouri trappers understand the safe and proper use of this important tool.