|Title: Device and Method for Application of Collars to Animals|
US Patent Office Full Record
Device and Method for Application of Collars to Animals
The invention involves an apparatus and method to apply collars to deer and other wild or domestic animals. The apparatus may also be used in combination with an animal feeder or bait station to attract animals in the wild to the station where they then can be collared. The invention may be incorporated with collars formed from flexible, relatively non-resilient material which have attachable ends, as well as collars formed from resiliently coiled materials. The device includes a support assembly for holding a collar in an open position which is triggered to close when an animal places its neck over the support. When flexible, non-resilient collars are used, the support is also adapted to propel at least one end of the collar around the animal’s neck and contact the opposite end of the collar. The collar may be adapted for a variety of uses. For example, the collar may be impregnated with pesticides for control of ectoparasites such as ticks, or the collar may include a radio transmitter for tracking or managing animal populations.