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"My trap for crooks and cracksmen is a bottle of hocussed whiskey, and I guess that's it on the table, with the silver label around its neck.
So I put up a yarn about a wager we had made about this very trap of Maguire's.
Police received a report from a member of the public on Tuesday, August 20, of the trap at the nature reserve on the sand dunes.
Refining sampling protocols for inventorying invertebrate biodiversity: influence of drift-fence length and pitfall trap diameter on spielers.
A vet had to amputate one of Tim's front paws after the cat limped bacK to his Huddersfield owner with the vicious steel trap locKed on a leg.
Now for the technical part--putting a trap in the ground in such a way that it convinces an animal to step on the small trigger pan.
"The trap is connected to a chain and a stake driven into the ground which means the animal cannot get away.
PC Mark Goulding, wildlife and environmental crime officer atSouth Wales Police, said: "While it is not an offence to possess a gin trap, it is however a banned trap to set under Section 8 of the Pests Act 1954.
The trap check frequency study was conducted in both North Andover, Massachusetts (n = 7) and Bethel, Ohio (n = 7) to determine how often multi-funnel traps needed to be checked.
First, and probably most common, is the FOOTHOLD TRAP. These traps are like toothless versions of the familiar cartoon bear traps with gigantic teeth.
1A), 122 cm above the trap. The camera was connected by a waterproof cable to a water-tight acrylic case containing a mini digital video recorder (DVR) with a resolution of 640x480 lines (Model UV-K206, Unique Vision Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China) and encasing several 12V batteries (Fig.