I Guess I don't know how you are setting this your coni's on the ground but in my case I set then in wooden cubbie boxes or buckets. When I constructed the boxes I cut the slots back 6-8 inches so the trap is actually back from the cubby entrance acout 4". This alone in my book is far enough back that a canine, except grey fox, won't stick his head in far enough to spring the trap. I think it was Asa Lenon that wrote on the topic of the dirt hole set, that a canine, be it a coyote, fox whatever likes to be able to see all of his surroundings and stick ing their head into a bucket or cubby box would violate that rule to the Nth degree and make them (I think) too uncomfortable. With that being said, I did construct some of the cubbies with about a six inch lip or overhang on the roof of the cubbies for trapping in an area where there is the remotest chance of a domestic dog being caught. But as far as the original question of the thread of what I think about coni's on the ground. In MN they have to be 220 or smaller and I absolutely love trapping on the ground with them. It lengthens the time in which I have to check them as the are a killer trap, sometimes that business of having to check my snares and footholds everyday becomes almost ompossible with a busy family life/ work schedule. And I also think that we should hold on to every right that we still have with dear life. I have read too many articles or threads where trappers from states in which the use of conibears is banned just simply wish they had that right. Granted I think that we would all adapt and overcome if we were no longer able to use them, but until that day comes I will continue to use my coni's on the ground in a responsible manner. Granted there are those who use them in a reckless manner but who is going to stop it but us? So do yourself a favor and take actions into your own hands and educate those who use them in reckless manner. They are a great tool and account for a lot of fisher, coons and 'cats. So lets use them while we can.