Re: Scary Havahart Misfire!
I have had those same thoughts, too. I always check and re-check my trap before I set it. I want it to be able to NOT spring the trap from a few jostles and bumps, I only want it to go off when they step on the trip-pan, which ensures they are in far enough.
When I trapped Pretty's litter, I didn't set the trip pan, I used a loooong piece of twine. They were used to me coming out there every morning to put out food. That morning, I put out the dry food, but I also set the trap with a can of food to lure the kittens. I had zip-tied a make-shift piece of cut cardboard so only kittens could fit through the opening.
My mistake was feeding them dry food.
One kitten ate plenty of dry and was not interested in the canned and wouldn't go in the trap with the others. So, I decided to catch the ones I could catch and try for the other one later. I sprang the trap and the little lone kitten shot off into the woods. Alone. I took the ones I had trapped into the house and released them into the bathroom that I already had set up for them. Then I carried the trap back out and set it to spring by the trip-pan, covered with a towel. I went and checked it a few hours later and I had caught that last kitten and was able to reunite it with its' siblings.
When I used my trap this past fall, I noticed it wanted to trip very easily. I think I'll pull it out and take a look at it. Maybe have my husband see if he can remedy it if it IS springing too easily.
Thanks for reminding me I wanted to check my trap function...