All squirrels are vulnerable to cold and wet weather and they may not survive if held captive for a long period or overnight in any live catch cage trap. A covered refuge is recommended when traps cannot be checked frequently.
A covered Elgeeco Fenn Cage attached below the floor door of the Elgeeco squirrel trap provides a darkened weatherproof compartment into which a captured squirrel can retreat if it wishes.
Squirrels captured in cage traps on the ground are also vulnerable to attacks from foxes, badgers, crows, cats and dogs.
Although an Elgeeco trap is set up off the ground, the use of a refuge cage provides captured animals with a retreat away from the eyes of possible predators.
In areas where protected species might be present, nesting material can also be provided inside the refuge.
Elgeeco Fenn Cages can be used as a refuge cage. They have an entrance opening that aligns with the door in the floor of the Elgeeco Squirrel Trap (shown right).
Refuge Cages are easy to secure to the bottom of the Elgeeco Squirrel Trap using a length of plastic coated spring wire. The tension in the spring wire will also hold weather protection, such as a black plastic bin-liner in place.