OH!!!!! Leave it to mister Yancy. Although in defense of the man who sold the idea of the spinner bait, I would try any other idea he had for the fact he consistently harvests 80 plus cats a year with a cage. So I tend to listen to someone who has 400 plus cats in the last 5 years with cages. That being said, to answer the question about squeakers. I have used them in certain circumstances. Particularly where a cat is walking down a traveled road and I need to get him off the road. Or another place comes to mind where I didnt have permission on other side of fence. Not a tool I use consistently, but a tool that is available when the circumstance warrants. I have found that the Fur-Finders will attract alot of lions.
I might add that a couple of these guys are spot on when discussing walk through type cages, although I wouldnt want a enitre collectioln of them I think they do have there place on cage lines. My personal opinion on pan tension on traps is, your can eliminate small rodents from firing traps.(A.k.a. bunnies, ringtails,packrats) but I dont wanna miss a grey fox, coon, or even the lowly skunk which by the way make me about $42 apiece all said and done. Thats fuel for the day, or money for additional things. Why I dont expect most guys to target anything but cats, I cant see leaving additional money behind. Maybe I was just a scholar in economics, or maybe just ambitious.
I enjoy a good thread on caging, guys tossing ideas around. But most always turn into a waste of time. I think we all at times miss the boat on focusing to much on the particular trap. They all work, most have the photos or the testimonials to prove that. But there is so much more to trapping then just the trap. The traps have proven themselves. Its cool that everyone is trying to refine a idea, make it better, streamline its effeciency whether producing or using. But bashing because of stolen ideas is assanine. A great coyote trapper out of MT once said, "people believe that they came up with a idea, and if they would just take the time to do a little research they would find most ideas have already been found". But beings they just figured it out, they think they came up with the idea. Theres alot of truth in that.
Colorado Search and Rescue- Interfering with natural selection since 1976