The Mink Cage Trap is a heavy duty single catch device, once an animal steps on the treadle the drop bar holds the door firmly closed.
Dimensions 600mm x 175mm x 150mm.
When trapping mink it is often beneficial to use a mink raft (if there is enough water to deploy it) In order to minimise the chance of capturing otters, the trap opening should be small enough to exclude them or be restricted by adding an otter guard.
Set rafts and traps where mink are most likely to encounter them. Particular features to look for include confluences of watercourses, inlets or outlets for ponds and lakes, where drains, hedges or fence lines meet watercourses. Islands and purpose-made mink rafts are also key places to locate traps.
It is advisable not to position rafts or traps in the open, particularly beside public footpaths. This is in part to avoid theft, vandalism and distress to trapped animals.
It has been shown mink control is most effective when the rafts/trap positions are at 1km intervals on a watercourse. This requires many people to make an effective network, so a co-ordinated programme of mink control is essential for best results.
If putting rafts on watercourses, it is also important to make sure that the appropriate public body is aware of the project as some types of raft design need to be registered with them.
Trap between January and mid-April to minimise the potential breeding population of mink, and from August to December to catch dispersing and wintering animals. The advice from the national water vole steering group is that mink trapping should not be undertaken when female mink may have dependent young (between mid-April and the end of July).
Do not set traps in extreme weather – torrential rain or storms – as this can cause undue distress or death of captured animals (which may not always be mink). Once monitoring and the necessary trapping have started it should be kept up. Mink will continually re-colonise unoccupied areas if they are not being controlled on adjacent land.
If using a raft, make sure it is securely tethered to the bank.
Cover the trap with vegetation.
Move your raft a few feet if no mink are trapped within a few days.
Put the trap opening downstream as this is the most likely side a mink will climb out of the water.Once the trap is set take care to ensure the cover fits properly so that the animal is sheltered and the trap mechanism works correctly. In some situations, the trap with food (cat food or fish heads for example) increases the chance of trapping mink.
Once set, the trap should be checked at least once every 24 hours. The best time to check a trap is in the morning as manyriverside animals are most active during the night.
Non-target species which are protected (e.g. otter, water vole) must be released when you inspect the trap. If your trap contains a mink it must be killed as it is illegal to release it back into the wild.