I made a breakaway on a snare as prescribed by Alaska Trappers - 10.5 inches from end of cable, cut the cable and rejoin it with a double ferrule. This accomplishes two things. First, it weakens the snare to be able to break when a moose is caught. Second, it limits the size to which the snare can close to where it shouldn't hold a moose leg tightly, but still kill a wolf.
So my two questions are - First, I atteached the snare to a cottenwood, and "caught" my 24" cresent wrench. After yanking on it perpendicularily from the tree, I was able to break it after several yanks. It seems to me that is more power than a wolf could exert, but after awhile I think a wolf could possibly break it. Also, the snare broke at the joint I made every time I tested it. Is there something the snare makers did to make their joints stronger than mine.
Second, the loop made from 10.5 " is smaller than I would think needed to kill a wolf and much smaller than I would think for safely not catching a moose leg.
Any toughts and especially real experience with this appreciated.