WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

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Predator Trap

A new design from an old concept . We took an idea of a snare which has been used successfully for centuries and given it a modern trigger system plus a host of new ideas to get around problems encountered with other similar traps

What conservation problem are you trying to solve?

This is basically a Cat trap but can also be used for other predators by virtue of bait choice

How are you going to solve this conservation problem?

This is part of a balanced predator control system.

Im finding that when Rats, Stoats etc alone are trapped this represents a big part of Feral Cat diet resulting in the Cats focusing then on birds

What makes your idea new and unique?

My idea is not new snares have been used for centuries ,however the almost all require the animal to walk through the device to be caught by the device.

This design used a trigger system so that the animal when taking the bait activates the snare which is retracted by two powerful springs killing the animal quickly and reduces suffering or trauma to am absolute minimum.

Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?

Care groups, local bodies, predator trapping groups,etc

What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?

We have produced this trap design after months of trialing and most of the components have been formed by hand. To go into some sort of production we need to buy a few specialised machines, stock material, advertising ,

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Brent Beaven Oct 15, 2017

Have you managed any field tests yet? Be keen to hear the results of these.