I have a serious question because I don't experience these problems. How does a coyote just pull out of 2 or 3 sized trap with a deep catch and levers locked up and strong springs? I don't understand. Toe catches,I understand, but how does a coyote just pull out of a trap?
In a life and death situation, you'd be amazed at what a coyote, or you for that matter would do. Things happen and strength can be found that you didn't think could exist in a small animal. Leg be damned, if that coyote wants out, he'll get out. Understanding a pullout situation is interesting. I see guys on here all the time saying "I must not have caught it right" or "It must've been a bad catch." I'm not saying this doesn't happen, sure bad catches can occur. Most of the time the animal wasn't guided in properly or sometimes it's not the trappers fault at all, just a weird step by the animal (but 9/10 it's the trappers fault). I've made mistakes and learned from them as I'm sure most here have. What I've found to be just as important as a "bad catch" with pullouts is time the animal is held. The animal is going to push harder and harder to be free the longer it's held. Stress builds and so does hunger, which are very powerful drivers. That's why keeping a good trap checking schedule is important. I check my live catch traps (leg holds) every 24 hours as required by law, but sometimes I'll check it every 12 if things are moving in the area. I'm no master Trapper, in fact I only have a few years of leg hold experience (I grew up on a line snaring grey wolves mostly, in the middle of nowhere, which is a totally different ball game to coyote and fox in a urban areas) but I do the best I can. Kill sets are a different story, no pulling out of a conibear with a broken neck. Just my thoughts. I hope this helps.