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How to catch a rabbit in the garden


This article is co-written by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliot, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and the treatment of companion animals. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He has been working in the same animal clinic in his hometown for over 20 years.

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Rabbits are good pets, but they can be tricky enough. If the rabbit gets out into the wild, then it can be difficult to catch, but this is quite feasible with the help of friends and using the walls of prefabricated pens. You may also need to catch a domestic rabbit running around in the wild that someone has thrown away, as domestic rabbits are not adapted for independent survival in nature. Therefore, it will be useful for you to know the differences between a domestic rabbit and a wild one, so as not to accidentally catch the latter, since wild rabbits are bad pets and it is better for them to stay in the wild.

How to catch a runaway rabbit?

First of all, you should not rush when catching a fluffy fugitive. In most cases, the rabbit escapes due to the fact that something was scared, and fussy behavior, sudden movements and the pursuit of the animal can make him even more nervous. Then, in an attempt to escape, the pet may run away from the territory or get seriously injured, intending to do so.

In any case, you must first observe the behavior of the pet for some time. If the living creatures are frightened, then such behavioral features will testify to this:

  • the body is firmly pressed to the ground,
  • the rabbit practically does not move,
  • ears almost lie on my back
  • an animal can often hit its hind limbs on the ground.

The last sign indicates that the animal is ready at any second to break loose.

When fixing one or more signs of fear in living creatures, it is advisable to immediately determine what caused this condition. Rabbits can be frightened by unusual sounds, smells, new pets in the house. In order for the animal to calm down a little, if possible, the cause of the fright should be removed.

If this action has led to the expected result, you can try to get closer to the baby. This must be done, given the following points:

  1. You need to approach the rabbit as slowly, smoothly and always squatting. A large spot hanging from above reflexively causes fear in him, and the animal can escape.
  2. In the process of moving, it is also advisable to speak with the pet. At the same time, you need to do this without stopping and as gently as possible.
  3. With full convergence, it is worth trying to take the animal. To do this, the hand must be smoothly brought in from the side, and not from above. Take the animal should be strong, but soft.

Important! If the fugitive is in sight, you can try to lure him closer with your favorite treat. To such a temptation, living creatures are extremely partial and can even overpower their fear.

A bath towel will come in handy in catching a rabbit

The bath towel, which you can try to cover the rodent with the help of the moment, will also help.

In cases where the rabbit is not visible, you should examine all the smallest gaps in the house, accumulations of papers, clothes, cabinets. Most often, in danger, such animals hide in secluded places and calmly wait for it. Therefore, a thorough examination will quickly identify the baby.

Also, to simplify the possible capture process, it is necessary from the first days of the pet’s stay with the new owner to teach him to go to the owner’s voice.

How to catch a rabbit in the garden or in the garden?

The situation is different if you need to catch a wild rabbit in the garden, which has been biting trees and shrubs for a long time. To do this as efficiently as possible and without harm to the rodent, you must adhere to these rules:

  1. For some time, it is worth observing the living creatures, noting where the pests come from, where they hide. Traces of movements will help in this.
  2. After determining the main paths and places of greatest activity of rabbits, traps are set up. They can be made independently or purchased in a store. The trap needs to be installed in those places where the greatest number of traces is traced.
  3. As bait, you can use vegetables and other goodies. They need to be placed in the trap itself, in front of and after it. For its effective work, the food needs to be constantly lined up, while checking 1-2 times a day for a rabbit.
  4. If this undertaking did not produce results in a week, the traps must be rearranged to another place with high animal activity.

Important! It is recommended to release the captured animal outside the settlement or in other places where it cannot harm the garden and the garden.

Catching Wild Rabbits

It is worth noting that in the process of catching wild rabbits can not do without a quality trap. Of the simplest options in this regard, snares and a wolf pit are used.

Wild rabbit hunt

The standard net is made of durable brass wire. In the lower part, it is folded into a protracted loop, and the upper one is tied to the trunk of a tree or a powerful branch. The following points are taken into account:

  1. The loop must be placed in natural arches (driftwood, young trees with branches, intersections of trunks of large shrubs) located on rabbit trails.
  2. If there are no natural arches, you can carefully trim the branches of an ordinary tree, making such an obstacle yourself. To install the snare, it is enough to cut 30 cm.
  3. The loop should be located at a height of 10-15 cm from the ground.
  4. On the sides of the trail it is better to carefully put a few branches to exclude the possibility of going around.

Do it yourself another trap for a rabbit with your own hands. The wolf hole is done as follows:

  1. In places of increased activity of animals or on pronounced paths, a hole is dug 0.5 m deep and with the same width (for reliability it can be deepened).
  2. On top of the recess sets several branches with a length slightly exceeding the width of the pit.
  3. The branches spread across the branches. It is necessary to take only small twigs.
  4. The third layer is laid out with fallen leaves and dirt. In this case, it is necessary to strive to maximize the naturalness of such a disguise.
  5. To increase the efficiency of the trap allows the bait. It is laid on brushwood exactly in the center of the recess. Carrots, vegetables or corn cobs are used as bait.

Attention! When installing snares and wolf pits, you should not check them and edit too often. During such procedures, a human smell may remain, which will alert and scare away the animals.

Catching a pet or wild rabbits requires some skill. But in any case, these points will significantly increase the chances of success. Moreover, the skills of catching wild rabbits can be useful even if it is planned to breed such animals at home. Today it is a rather profitable direction of animal husbandry.

How to catch a runaway domestic rabbit?

First of all, you need to pay attention to the signals given to animals. For example, an animal is ready at any moment to break loose if it hits the ground with its hind legs. But he is definitely scared because of something, if he is firmly pressed to the ground. Animals often behave if they hear unpleasant, unfamiliar sounds.

You can teach domestic animals to come to the call of the owners. This is easier than understanding how to catch a runaway rabbit. In this case, the problem with finding a pet will be minimized. You can only call the animal, but do not grab sharply, do not run. If the animal is very frightened, then he ceases to trust even the permanent owners. Animals willingly respond to their favorite treats. For this, they are always ready to leave even the playgrounds.

But this method only works if the pet remains in sight. Sometimes it happens that he runs away to a more secluded place. This will require knowledge of how the rabbit behaves in general. It is necessary to carefully examine the objects where he was last seen. They often choose small slots in order to hide. For example, hide in linen and papers. You can leave a cage in the room if the initial searches do not bring any results. Fugitives are sometimes attracted to familiar smells.

In any case, rabbits should be approached as carefully as possible so as not to scare them. They are always afraid if dark, unfamiliar objects descend from above, very sharply. This is similar to how wild birds behave in nature. Therefore, taking animals from above is not recommended.

It is better to act like this - to approach him, squatting down, very carefully. You can talk to him in an ordinary voice, affectionate. Only this behavior will allow you to get as close as possible. It is important to make sure that the rabbit does not worry too much during the transfer. A soft grip will prevent him from releasing too quickly and abruptly. This is one of the basic rules for rabbit care at home.

How to catch a rabbit in the garden, in the garden?

For many gardeners, rabbits are becoming a serious problem. In search of food, they can destroy trees and flowers, shrubs. There are several ways for those who are interested in how to catch a rabbit in the garden. They are not always effective, but they can save the life of the animal itself.

  1. It takes some time to keep track of the animals. This helps to understand exactly where and how they appear. Usually they prefer shrubs to hide from wild predators.
  2. After that, traps are set around the places where they walk. Traps are placed where animals are most active. The main thing is that the trigger is as close to the door as possible. This will allow you to slam the door as soon as the animal is inside.
  3. To bring the animal to a trap, it is recommended to lay food in the place where the most traces remain. Additionally, you can put food behind the trap.
  4. In order for traps to always produce results, feed must be constantly placed there. It is enough to check them once or twice a day. If in a week no rabbits were inside, the trap is transferred to another place.
  5. After that, you can let the animals go where they will not harm the gardens.

How to catch wild rabbits?

Using a snare

A short hole on the rabbit trail, natural arches are the places that will give the best result to those who are trying to figure out how to catch the rabbit. Videos will help you understand how to best organize this process. Only natural obstacles allow us to be sure that the animal will certainly pass through the snare.

Natural obstacles in the way of rabbits are much easier to detect in the winter season. Traces of rabbit paws will always tell you which routes are used most often.

Young trees or large branches can also serve as natural arches for the passage of animals. Any trees that have a fairly large number of branches are suitable. Branches or branches are shortened by about 30 centimeters. In this case, the tree itself must be large enough to support the weight of the rabbit. Animals easily escape from traps if you don’t put in enough effort.

The trunk should be right under the center of the rabbit path. If there are a lot of small obstacles on the sides, there is a better chance that the rabbits will pass this way.

The main material for the silk is a thin brass wire. At one end, it’s enough to tie a small loop. There are different opinions about how far the loop should be from the ground. Many consider the optimal solution 10-15 centimeters.

  1. It is necessary to dig a hole, the depth of which will be sufficient. The optimal solution is half a meter in depth and width. But in each case, everything is individual, depending on the specific sizes of various animals. The deeper the pit will be, the less likely it is that the rabbit will get out.
  2. Such pits are also necessarily located where animals walk often. In some cases, you can not do without bait.
  3. Next, several branches are selected that are wider than the pit itself. If they are too long, then the rabbits will not fall down. Three or four will be enough.
  4. Small brushwood is stacked across the branches.
  5. Leopard foliage is scattered over the trap.
  6. Dirt will also help cover the trap so that it completely merges with the environment.
  7. At his discretion, the hunter places the bait on top. Carrots, corn and vegetables are something that rabbits always like. The likelihood that the rabbit will fall down will be more if the bait is placed directly in the middle of the trap.

About using cells

  1. The rollers and the mechanism, the gate and the cage itself - this is what these pre-made traps usually consist of.
  2. Inside the mechanism, food lures are sure to be placed. The mechanism is activated immediately after the animal is inside. The main thing is that the food is exactly in the mechanism itself. If you put it inaccurately, none of this will work.
  3. The door rises and locks in that position. Only in this case the trap mechanism is activated. Typically, manufacturers themselves apply instructions to their products, you just need to follow them exactly. Before you finally install the mechanism, you need to make sure that it works.
  4. It is necessary to regularly check the mechanism for proper, trouble-free operation. This is necessary from the point of view of humanity.
  5. After the animal is caught, it can be released without problems in another place. The main thing is to get protective gloves so that the animal does not do much harm to people.

Video about how to catch a rabbit in the park

Useful Tips for Catching Rabbits

In order not to scare the rabbits, you always need to approach them carefully and quietly. If the trap is not broken, then you do not need to edit it. Rabbits will bypass the bait if they learn human odors. You can just watch the rabbits, so finding traces can be much easier.

Rabbits are often caught in order to breed them. This is an inexpensive business that can bring a lot of profit, if you approach the issue correctly.

Domestic rabbits can reach speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour. At home, it is recommended to create improvised pens for fishing. It is necessary to choose a sufficiently wide and high design from which the animal could not get out later. For this, for example, fencing made of bird racks will do. The minimum recommended height is 90 cm.

You can contact the animal catching service if you can’t solve the problem yourself. Specialists always have the right tools that will achieve the best result. For example, special networks. But they are difficult to use without the appropriate skills.

There is a chance to independently catch an animal only if it is possible to get close to it unnoticed. A large bath towel or ordinary sheets can also become indispensable helpers.

Do you think that catching rabbits is easy or difficult? Share your opinion in the comments.

Using a snare

To catch with the help of snares, it is necessary to choose the most suitable place. First you need to find the rabbit path (the road along which rabbits often run across). Next, on this trail you need to find an arched thick branch (slingshot), or in the absence of such a barrier, install it yourself directly in the middle of the trail. The arch should be quite massive, as wild rabbits have quite a lot of power. After performing these steps, you must:

  1. After installing the trap itself, it is necessary to close the animal passage on the sides with small knots or deciduous branches.
  2. Next, a regular loop of wire or dense fabric is wound around the snag (when the rabbit jumps the “slingshot”, its paw is stuck in this loop and it will not be able to run further, since the paw will be held by an arc-shaped branch).

Using wolf pits

Wolf pit is also an effective device for catching wild animals. For its proper arrangement it is necessary:

  1. Find a rabbit path and in the middle of this “road” dig a large depression (approximately 0.7 m in diameter, a meter deep).
  2. From above it is necessary to lay out a not very dense mesh of elastic branches (crosswise).
  3. Next, you need to tightly cover the resulting mesh with leaves so that the pit is not visible.
  4. Above you can sprinkle with earth.
  5. In the middle of the resulting sheltered structure, you need to lay out a treat.

Using cells

Cages for catching wild rabbits are assembled in such a way that it stands slightly at an angle on the door, and when the beast enters behind the bait, under its weight the door bends and slams. From the “hunter” it is only required to install such a device on the rabbit path and wait until the hungry lazy dog ​​gets inside the cage for carrots, or another treat. Данный вид ловушки считается самым гуманным, поскольку при такой поимке страх животного сводится к минимуму.