No rodent trap is a pleasure to use since they can be brutal in action but, the Macabee Gopher Trap is quick and effective. Some care must be exercised in setting these traps. It takes considerable effort and dexterity to get them set properly and you wouldn't want to get valuable body parts accidentally seized by one of these traps.
The alternative is poison. With family animals and other wildlife that could ingest poison by consuming the gopher, that really isn't an option.
Gophers can be incredibly destructive. Besides damaging the yard and eating plant roots, the will attack buried plastic water service lines and sprinkler piping. The Macabee Gopher Trap solved my gopher problem in a very effective way with the least environmental impact.