WCS Collarum ® - Collarum setting instructions
The Humane Capture Device
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There is a worldwide demand for humane devices to capture animals. This demand arises for both environmental and ethical reasons. The Collarum was designed to meet International Humane Standards and has seen 10 years successful use in the USA.
It is not a snare and works on an entirely different principle. The Collarum is designed to capture canines, including the red fox, by throwing a secure, non-choking cable loop over their head and around their neck making capture faster, easier and more humane than ever before. The end of the capture loop is anchored in the ground and the canine is held like a dog on a chain. It is unique in a number of ways.
Unlike a snare the Collarum does not need to be set on a 'run', significantly reducing the risk of catching 'nontargets'. For this reason it can be used in urban areas or around buildings where there are no 'runs' suitable for setting snares. The Collarum is therefore much safer to utilize in areas where people, pets and other domestic animals may come in contact with it. Animals other than canines are very unlikely to be caught in this device even if they spring it, and captured dogs can be released with no harm done. An unknowing human springing the Collarum is at little risk.
Unlike fox cage-traps, which are large, bulky and difficult to conceal, the Collarum is light, compact and easy to hide. This gives it distinct advantages for users in high visibility areas. The Collarum has proven its effectiveness in capturing animals that won't approach a cage trap or tolerate the close approach of humans.
It is canine-specific because of the trigger mechanism, which requires a lift/pull action rather than the push/depress mechanism usually employed by traps. This virtually eliminates catching animals other than canines. The English approved version features a Relaxalock cable and adjustable stop to ensure a 'friendly' capture and comply with UK legislation.
To reduce to a minimum the possibility of catching nontargets in the Collarum a risk assessment should be carried out on the area it is intended to trap. Set the Collarum in a place not used by other animals that might set it off and also in a position where a captured target will not be subjected to stress by others, including members of the public, prior to your daily checks. Avoid sets on or near public footpaths, public rights of way or areas of common land.
Once set the Collarum should be checked at least once a day, but ideally twice. We recommend checking first thing in the morning and again in the evening.
Before setting the Collarum for fox give full consideration to the method you intend to use to dispatch your catch. Recommended methods are a shotgun at close range or a rifle. Ensure you are correctly equipped when carrying out routine checks and that your operations are within the law.
The Collarum has been added to the list of approved spring traps for England and application is being made for it's inclusion in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish equivalents. This device provides an additional method to control the fox, it does not replace other legal methods, all of which have their own place in fox control.
The Collarum is a precision mechanism, manufactured primarily in stainless steel offering a long service life in exposed conditions. The restraint is manufactured from heavy duty material specifically to avoid biting into the captured targets neck and causing unnecessary injury or stress.
Each unit comprises the basic unit, two restraints, written instructions and an instructional DVD. Spare parts, including additional restraints, are available.
Always correctly position and protect your spring traps from non-target species. Regularly check traps in accordance with current legislation and risk assess potential sites to avoid accidents. If you can't check it don't set it.