Step 1. - Locate and clear the mound plug. (Center of the mound where animal exits/enters.)
Step 2. - Set and insert the trap witht the opening facing inside the hole. Make sure it is snug so that light only enters through the trap.
Step 3. - Monitor the trap frequently. The gopher will attempt to plug the hole and be trapped very quickly.
There are a couple of things to consider when handling a live gopher. Gophers use their teeth like another hand and they will use them to grab on to things, including fingers. The way to handle a wild gopher is to transfer the animal in a way that doesn't require direct handling. You can also pick a gopher up like a kitten, by the scruff of the neck, some pick them up by the tail. Lastly, gophers can not tolerate being in the trap for any length of time so the trap must be monitored carefully.
Model 2000 is a box trap that has a bottom mesh, one mesh end and a panel door that swings from the inside top down to the closed position. The trap is triggered when the gopher tries to close up the end from the light. Gophers will always plug up a burrow after they are done cleaning out and extending their burrow. This "plug" is usually very obvious in the center of the crescent shaped mound. Once opened, if the burrow is fresh, the gopher will close it. It is kind of like your front door. If you found it opened unexpectedly, you would wonder what happened and close it. The gopher is the same way and "closes" it by packing it full of soil. In this case it has to travel to the end of the box trap to do so. When it gets to the end it pushes on the mesh trigger and the trap door swings shut. The key to making this all happen quickly is to trap as soon after dawn as possible. That is when gophers are most active and often you will find burrow entrances already open and with very little effort the trap can be placed.