Following our recent purchase of your trap, we have found it to be one of the most innovative of all the animal traps that we have used.

Our Shire has a large area of rural urban interface as well as property's bordering onto State forest and National parks, where wild and feral animals enter farms and kill domestic livestock. Due to logistics, firearms have not been able to be used and the Ecotrap has proven to be invaluable.

Most conventional traps consist of a cage and treadle plate device, which we have found in a majority of cases, the animal tends to shy away from, most probably due to a previous trapping or a fear of an enclosed space. Whereas your trap is so inconspicuous and able to be camouflaged as to make it almost invisible to a dog or cat.

To date, we have captured with no injury, possums, cats and dogs. I have no hesitation in recommending this trap to all Council Ranger/Local Law departments in the capturing and identification of dogs or cats that are causing a nuisance.

Mike Taylor
Local Services Unit
Shire of Yarra Ranges

As a follow up to your recent success with capturing a dingo in the Vaughan area, I have forwarded a couple of comments regarding the Ecotrap that I found extremely beneficial in capturing a wild dog or dingo in an urban environment.

The main benefits this form of trapping provided were:
  • Allowed a safe capturing technique in a residential area
  • Trap was easy to transport and set with a minimum risk to the user
  • Allowed for the unharmed release of non target animals
  • No injury was incurred to the trapped target animal
  • Removing the animal from the trap was quick and easy, reducing stress on the animal
  • Animal could be relocated whilst remaining in the mesh "cage" part of the trap
  • Trapped animal remained calm in the net
John James
Pest Plant and Animal
Project Leader North Central
Department of Natural Resources and Environment

The Mornington Peninsula National Park Management Plan (Parks Victoria, May 1998) aims to control and where possible, eradicate pest animals in the park. This Plan commits Parks Victoria to developing and implementing programs to control the population of targeted pest animal species, which threaten particular environmental values within the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

The protection of the Hooded Plover is a key objective of the Parks Plan and Parks Victoria is determined to ensure the protection of this threatened species within land controlled by Parks Victoria.

The staff of the Mornington Peninsula National Park has implemented a variety of fox, pig and cat programs over the last five years on the Ocean Beaches and in significant areas such as Green Bush, Main Creek, Point Nepean and Cape Schanck.

Ecotrap was contracted by Parks Victoria to undertake a trial of their Ecotraps within the Point Nepean sector of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. We found them to be most responsible and professional in not only, the running of the program, but most importantly with their dealings with our Lessee and the General Public. The trial was very successful, as they were able to capture one of the major resident feral cats that had eluded all other forms of trapping and baiting attempts.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Ecotraps to any other interested organisations.

BJ McFadden
Pest Animal Officer
Mornington Peninsula National Parks
Parks Victoria

It is with pleasure that I am able to issue this letter acknowledging Council's appreciation for the assistance and expertise provided by Ecotrap in relation to the humane and effective capture of a German shepherd cross dog within the municipality.

For a significant period of time, Council has attempted to capture this dog, which has been causing numerous problems for residents and landowners within the Cranbourne area. Council has utilised all of our traditional methods in attempting to secure the animal and had expended considerable resources in attempting to achieve a satisfactory result. In my 15 years of service in this field, I had not experienced such a dog that was seemingly incapable of being captured.

Council was at the stage of considering the use of lethal options in relation to controlling the dog, which was not our preferred option, considering the dog remained at large in a built up area. At this stage, we were referred to Ecotrap.

Ecotrap offered to assist us in capturing the rogue dog and promised results. Knowing the behaviour and abilities of the dog in question, we felt their claims may be a little hopeful to say the least. Quite simply, we were proven wrong. What had taken Council around 6 months to attempt to achieve, took Ecotrap two nights.

Having seen the Ecotrap in operation, I was most impressed with the ease of set up, the excellent manner in which it can be camouflaged and the humane method in which animals are captured.

I have no hesitation in recommending the use of Ecotrap by animal management officers in achieving the safe, humane and effective capture of domestic animals. It is without doubt a must have tool in every AMO's armoury.

David Baker
Superintendent Local Laws
Community Protection Unit
City of Casey

The RSPCA Domestic Animals Working party was provided a demonstration and video tape of the efficiency of the Ecotrap.

The RSPCA has been advised that a number of councils and the Department of Conservation have used the trap with excellent results.

The use of steel jawed traps and snares will always be a problem for animal welfare as the animals will usually be seriously wounded and suffer for long periods.

The Ecotrap removes that problem as the animals are caught in a net and are removed uninjured. This is a major advance and one which is supported by the RSPCA. Development of Ecotraps capable of catching big dogs and foxes would be of huge benefit for a welfare point of view, while being a practically very efficient method.

The RSPCA supports the use and further development of the Ecotrap, believing it to be humane and efficient.

I wish your company success and would recommend that the couple of minor issues we had (such as the method of release and possibility of entanglement) be further considered for your next models.

Peter Barber
State Director