The trap is well-made and very strong. You can release an animal by turning the trap over onto its top, at which point the door will fall open. So for big animals you may want to prevent that by a stake in the ground next to the trap, cinder block on top, or whatever. Bizarrely there are zero instructions with the product. Find out how to set it on youtube... not hard to figure. People say it will rust wherever the coating wears off.
It's awkward to bait as-is, because you have to reach all the way in to the far end of the cage, and btw use a bait holder no more than about 3" wide or it might interfere with the trigger plate falling. One alternative is to set the bait down in the ground beneath the back end of the trap.
I finally realized that a lightweight plastic laundry scoop taped to the end of a 24-30" stick was ideal... just gently lay it in the trap with the scoop beyond the trigger plate. Now I can change bait in 2 minutes without moving or re-setting the trap, or even getting down on the ground.
NOW the big advice - and this is just the TL;DR: After it traps an animal but BEFORE you lift the trap at all, SECURE THE DOOR SHUT !! The best way to do this is to make sure that at least one of the O-rings can't move. Use a clamp, a clothespin, a small carabiner, a cable tie, a wire twistem, or even tie it down with string. Best is to immobilize both O-rings.
I dislike long, chatty reviews but (1) I gave you the TL;DR above and (2) I was never more astonished in my life. On its first use, baited with a few chunks of tuna, the trap immediately caught the target large feral cat. Great! The door and its sliding / holding O-rings were solidly down, of course. I slowly lifted the cage a few inches off the ground, by its handle at the top center. Then the cat began to move quickly back and forth. Within two seconds this had the front and rear of the trap alternately diving down and shooting up. On one dive of the front end, the heavy O-rings didn't drop as fast as the cage (!) which allowed the door to open when the cat ran into it. And it was gone like a shot. Overall, maybe three seconds. So fast that I had no idea what happened - it just seemed like the door had suddenly become unfastened, which was "impossible". I only figured it out later.
It was clearly a perfect storm of events. To look at the door and the rings you would never think this could happen. But it can!
The same cat was re-caught a few days later and it tried the same thing - finally running into the door at full force. Bonk! Big surprise. Maybe it figured out later that the O-rings had been tied down...
And btw thanks to DoMyOwn for having by far the best price, and sending the trap quickly and in perfect new condition.
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