Let’s hope the day never comes! But somebody might need a quick diagram like this one. Courtesy of the Reno Gazette-Journal


  1. Cover animal’s head with blanket, sweater, jacket, whatever is handy, to calm him/her and to prevent biting
  2. Carry tools if possible. For instance, wire cutters. Perhaps have a heavy-duty bolt cutter in the vehicle.
  3. If you cannot open the trap, maybe you can cut the anchor chain and take the animal, trap and all, to nearest veterinarian.
  4. Nevada law empowers you to remove/open/tamper with a trap that poses obvious risk.