I once saw a comedy movie where coyotes and roaches were described by aliens as actually being the dominant life forms on earth. Sometimes I wonder if this is true. In my own experience in hunting and trapping coyotes, I have found them to be very “slick” or smart animals. When I trapped them as a high school kid several decades ago, they foiled me at every turn. I grew up on a dairy farm and the coyotes did pursue our newly born calves and harass cows somewhat.
When it comes to catching much larger animals like the coyote, then the traps have to be designed to handle the animal. Coyotes are scavengers just like the rats and possums mentioned otherwise in this blog.
They go around looking for scraps that other animals have left behind, and also they hunt small game as well. When trying to catch a coyote, there are several options that you can use for a trap. Some trappers like to use (without harming the animal) a snare type of trap.
Now there are many different kinds of snare traps out there, there are ones that will ensnare the neck of the animal – which will probably result in death. There are also ones that will ensnare the feet of the animal.
Like a clamp, or rope that will tighten down on the animal once it is walked over. Also there are snapping traps for these animals as well. But they are on a much larger scale then the ones that are used for rats, and mice.
The snapping traps that are also used for coyotes are of a leg hold type. There is a plate in the middle of the trap, and once enough weight is placed on this plate to bars come together usually with sharp teeth on them, and trap the animals feet. These traps will usually break the animals leg or neck, or whichever part of the animals body sets off the trap.