Originally Posted by drake
If we didn’t get him, does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with a trap shy beaver.
Here is one way I deal with trap shy beaver.
It may not be obvious in this photo, (cheap camera) but place the top jaws just above the water and then place a stick across the jaws to force the beaver to dive through the set. Finally splash water over everything to wash away as much human scent as possible.
Reducing scent makes the beaver less cautious and forcing them to dive through the set puts them at a disadvantage because they can't see as well under water, and they can't smell anything. Thus they are far less likely to dodge at the last second.
It's not 100% effective, but well worth the effort. The leg hold set is more effective, but also a great deal more work and rather tricky to get right.
I use leg holds only as a last resort. Too many things can go wrong with a leg hold set, and they are to much fussing given the alternatives. IMO