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Wildlife Control Service Sets Coyote Traps In Rock Island


Folks in Rock Island have been dealing with coyotes in their backyard for sometime, but now help is on the way. The city hired Jason Thomas, owner of P-A-W-S Wildlife Control, to trap those critters.

But the process isn't easy.

"The less odors, the less knowledge of them knowing you're there, the better," said Thomas.

He starts by assessing the area and pin pointing where the coyote den is. Then the preparation begins.

"Have rubber boots on, gloves, try to leave no scent behind, try not to sweat but it's summer time, you're going to sweat a little bit."

First step is to dig a small dirt hole. Second step is to lay the trap in the hole very firmly and lock it down. You don't want any wiggle room or else the coyote will not get caught.  

Third step is to cover the trap with dirt so it looks the same as the surrounding area and lastly...

"Add a scent around it, that way the animals smell the scent, they'll start digging and the scent will be right in front of the trap so they'll put their paw in it and then get caught," he said.

The scent used in this case is coyote urine. This would lure the coyote in and then trap it. After being caught, they're then euthanized.

"If you don't euthanize them and release them somewhere else, they're going to come back."

Thomas says he hopes to catch all the coyotes in that area within a week at most.


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