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Just seen that the Goodnature Co2 trap has been approved for grey squirrels in a slightly larger configuration. 

Anybody used one/had any experience with them? Like the look of them and the thought of a trap killing squirrels without needing to be reset appeals. Though it is expensive 

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Hi Stuartyboy

At the last management meeting, our Society decided to buy a couple of Goodnatured traps to trial in an area far away from the nearest red squirrel. 

The idea sounds interesting but as always there could be disadvantages like the public sticking their fingers in! And catching non intended species.

These traps are the ultimate recycling machine that leaves no evidence, so it is intended that the traps are monitored by trail cameras to see if they are as good as advertised. 

I am not involved in this scheme but as soon as I hear something I will give you feedback.

 

 

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Thank you. That would be great and much appreciated.

Killing of non intended species is a concern of mine too, but I'm guessing it's been sufficiently tested and that has been ruled out. 

I was thinking of locating it near one of my feeders. But first, I think I would try it out in a garden which has a lot of squirrels. For my own piece of mind i woukd likely put a open wheelie bin under the trap to catch anything killed,  to test how accurate the counter is and to ensure no non target species are being killed. 

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Good idea. It would be interesting to hear  how you get on as well.

It may well be a month or two before I hear how the trial has gone.

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Been using the rat one for a year or so very good and beat the professionals when I had an issue at home mite 0 good nature 13 in the same period.  

Vance is also very good to deal with 

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Sciurus, I reckon anywhere near you is too precarious to use any kill traps for squirrels. They can move huge distances and are now on North Lancs.

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On 12/03/2019 at 13:28, stuartyboy said:

Just seen that the Goodnature Co2 trap has been approved for grey squirrels in a slightly larger configuration. 

Anybody used one/had any experience with them? Like the look of them and the thought of a trap killing squirrels without needing to be reset appeals. Though it is expensive 

I have now heard on the grapevine that our trial was not very successful,. It was felt that the design needs changing because the tunnel was too long and deterring greys entering the trap and that there were issues of cylinder leaks.

Has anyone else tried the GN18 trap?

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Our local Park has started using them in small numbers over last Winter but only in areas where it is impossible to shoot. They have put them up high enough that you need a ladder to reach them as one was stolen and camouflaging them makes them less effective because Squirrels are naturally inquisitive and drawn towards them being strange. No non target species have been found dead so far but foxes tend to remove anything dead within hours of it hitting the floor. Downside to date are price and the need to attend the trap regularly to see how many times it has triggered or change the Co2 capsule. WORD OF WARNING - these things keep a charge in the "chamber" even if you remove the capsule - I know of at least one person who put his finger inside an "empty" display model only to get his finger smashed. 

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