What do hunters use to catch animals?

Anyone can buy a cage trap for around 80 euros. Whoever sets it up and catches a raccoon is then faced with the question of what happens to the animal afterwards. A reader of the Döbelner Anzeiger said that he had already caught twelve raccoons on his property this year. What should he do with them? And would the hunter really come so often to free him from the plague?

According to Klaus Dittrich, Head of the Forest and Hunting Division in the District Office, the responsible hunter should always be contacted if someone discovers predatory game on his property that is to be eliminated. The Lower Hunting Authority in the District Office, for example, arranges contact with the hunter. “This hunter, or a possibly specialized predator hunter commissioned by him, visits the place and determines the hunting strategy,” says Klaus Dittrich, describing the further procedure. It can also be clarified whether it is a raccoon or another animal. The hunters recognize this by the tracks. If necessary, a game camera could be set up.

The hunters often have their own fishing gear that they can bring with them. Klaus Dittrich emphasizes that unsuitable means can lead to failure and possibly constitute a violation of the law. Setting up and loading baits should therefore be left to specialists.

"The services of the hunter in the pacified district according to hunting law are generally free, at least nothing else is regulated," says Klaus Dittrich. It is left to an agreement between the landowner and the hunter to share the costs and expenses for the sometimes laborious fishing campaign. If you think you can do it without a hunter, you can catch predatory game yourself - but only on your residential property. “And he must not kill it under any circumstances,” says Klaus Dittrich. This is left to the responsible hunter or his representative with a hunting license. "Killing by doing nothing, for example starving the animal, is also out of the question, it violates animal welfare." The hunter not only has the knowledge and means to kill wild animals in an animal welfare manner, but also a solution for the carcass. Under no circumstances should the animals be buried on their own property where, for example, the fox can dig them up again.

“With everything, it is important to ensure that animal welfare is preserved. It can be the case, for example, that the rearing period temporarily forbids hunting in order not to let the young perish in agony after the mother animal has been killed, ”explains Klaus Dittrich. Also, not all potentially possible types of traps may be used. “The hunter knows all this best.” And Klaus Dittrich also has a tip for property owners: You should secure everything that is edible from being accessed by predatory game. Open buckets, compost heaps or storage rooms must not be accessible to the robbers. Then they won't come either.