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How to Catch a Rabbit



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There are a number of ways to catch a rabbit. Some of these methods will kill the rabbit but you are encouraged to use methods that will result in little or no harm to the animal and release it a few miles away from your home.

Snares
A snare is a wire noose used to catch rabbits and other wildlife. Snares are very popular because they are relatively inexpensive. Most homeowners will have the materials required for rigging a snare in their garage or toolshed. There are several articles and tutorials available online about how to successfully make a snare at home. If you are not amenable to making your own snare, they can be purchased online or at hunting supply stores. A drawback to using a snare to catch a rabbit is that you will have to handle the rabbit in order to remove it from the area and if it scared, it could potentially bite you. If you use a snare, enlist the help of another person and use appropriate attire to protect yourself from a bite such as thick, impenetrable gloves. Bear in mind that a rabbit may become injured when it realizes that it is caught in a snare and attempts to free itself. The chances that the rabbit will survive in the wilderness if it is at all injured are very small.

Cages (Live Trapping)
A wooden box trap and a wire mesh trap will ensure that the animal remains unharmed when trying to catch it. The wooden box trap is easy to make at home and consists of a box with the door rigged to fall once the rabbit has entered it. Bait it with a carrot or lettuce to entice it to come in. Wire mesh traps resemble crates use to contain dogs and can be found at any pet store.

By Hand
You can only catch a rabbit with your bare hands if you are faster than it, or you can outlast it and run it to exhaustion. So lie stealthy and be quick, or chase the rabbit for more than 45 straight minutes, and you should be able to pick it up because it has collapsed due to sheer exhaustion.

In some cases it may important to kill rabbits as a means of population control. If this is the case, local authorities should use their discretion for how best to accomplish this. In other places these animals are generally harmless (although your garden and flowerbeds might not agree) and a part of the natural environment. For best results, it is recommended that you utilize a method that will be humane when catching a rabbit.

Poison
Pindone is a drug used in the agricultural industry as a means of killing rabbit and rodent populations. The drug is readily available through retail hardware stores and can be found in some nurseries. However, the drug is currently only supplied to government agencies and licensed contractors. This method will result in an excruciating death for the small animal as it prohibits the clotting of the blood. While some sources suggest using other poisons such as rat poison, it is important to mention that other animals (including pets) can consume the poison. Never use a poison for anything other than its directed use. Better yet, never use a poison at all.

More in-detail how-to rabbit removal articles:
Information about rabbit trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a rabbit - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep rabbits away - prevention techniques.
Information about rabbit repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

A rabbit is a small, furry mammal, which can be found in different parts of the world. Not to be confused with a hare, rabbits have smaller ears than their larger counterparts and live under the ground in burrows. Rabbits have been used as domesticated household pets as well as a food source for thousands of years.

Rabbits are herbivores and eat grass, plants and weeds. This diet however, is difficult for them to digest, which causes them to have hard droppings. These droppings are generally how people realize that this furry visitor has been chewing through their gardens and eating their flowers. The solution then is to catch the rabbit.

A wild rabbit has two very long teeth, which they can use to bite, so any method that you use to catch the rabbit should not involve you trying to handle the rabbit. If you are for whatever reason bitten by a wild rabbit (or any animal), you should immediately clean and disinfect the area and contact your physician and local animal control authorities. There are a number of diseases that humans can contract by being bitten from a rabbit such as rabbit fever, rabies and even a skin infection.

This site is intended to provide information about how to catch a rabbit alive with a have a heart trap or your bare hands, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a rabbit problem. This site provides many rabbit capture articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of rabbit removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance rabbit. Click here to read more about how to get rid of rabbits.

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