Digger coyotes, help
Let me start by saying that i have read up alot on this before this post, but i figured i'd ask yu more experienced guys what your opinions are. Alot of what i got from reading was that usually the traps are not bedded properly and i can assure you that is not the issue. I push down on all my traps with almost all of my weight on at least 4 spots to make sure they are not rocking at all before i go ahead and cover them. Also people say that the digging is usually from coons etc. I have positive evidence that this is not coons and definately coyotes.
So here's my scenario.. Area number 1, i have been trapping for 4 weeks. At first i lost 2 coyotes, and had one snapped trap, not good. but over the last week or so, i managed to catch 2 coyotes and one red here. One set i caught the red, remade, caught a yote a week later, remade into trash pile/walkthrough, 3 days later i come up to an exposed trap jaw still laying in the bed from a yote. The few answers i have are: contaminated soil got too deep into trap bed, as soon as i switched brands of peat moss, i had 2 traps dug up in 2 completely different areas, Its one of the coyotes that i pinched earlier in the season that got away and is suspicious now when he smells peat moss,
To the other dug up trap in an area 10 miles away. I am the only person who traps around the area that i know of, First set i ever put in here, and it was a scent post. 2 days after i made the set, i come to find that my trap is exposed the same way. I recovered the trap, and put a pile of hay in front of it and light hay over the trap and the whole surrounding area for about a 4' diameter. Two days later, i find the trap is dug up again the same way with just the jaw exposed through the hay and all. My answers: My tools and gloves were contaminated from my remakes the day before in the other area. (i use different gloves to handle the animals, but used my main gloves at all makes and remakes probably a mistake), coyotes can smell the peat moss under the natural covering and know it shouldn't be there so they dig.
My solutions: I am going to wash all of my digging tools and scrub, then boil any necessary areas in baking soda water, Maybe go back to the other brand of peat moss if i can find it anywhere. Couldnt find it local and thats why i had to switch. pull the dug up traps, wash and rewax them. Set cheater traps to catch the yotes while they are digging.
So what do you guys think? lets hear some opinions, I'm ready to pull my hair out over this!