A snare is a cheap wire noose used by trappers.


Snares are hidden and placed hundreds at a time. Like landmines left in the woods, snares are difficult to see and collect.

Snares tighten their grip to choke animals to death and cause amputations, disembowelment, and painful injuries.

Snares kill and maim non-targeted animals, including dogs, pheasants, moose, songbirds and wolves.

Trappers trap for sport (recreational trappers), for profit (commercial fur trappers and "nuisance wildlife control" trappers), and for agriculture (ranchers and taxpayer-funded "damage control" trappers). The consequences for the animals are the same. Whatever the purpose, the consequences for the trapped animals are the same — pain, suffering, and death.

Twenty (20) states have outlawed the use of snares to trap animals, although each year, more than 4 million animals are trapped and killed for their fur in the United States. 

More facts (exposing the myths) about snaring and trapping can be found here on the Born Free website.

“I’ve never used snares at all because they are very nonselective. They catch everything that will go through them. Snares are very dangerous.” - Carter Niemeyer is an experienced trapper, wolf biologist, and former Wolf Management Specialist of the USDA Animal Damage Control Department (Sourced from here) 

“All snares share the same failing—they restrict the flow of blood back to the heart through surface veins while the deeper arteries continue to pump blood into the foot or head. The result is painful swelling. I quit using snares 30 some years ago.” - Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., is a wildlife biologist with 35 years’ experience working in government, academia, and private nonprofit organizations. He is currently the principal biologist for the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minnesota. (Sourced from here

“Killing an animal by strangling it with a wire loop often results in a slow, painful death...” - Chuck Hulsey is a Regional Wildlife Biologist for the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Sourced from here