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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
I seldom trap where my catch is within view of the general public. That includes setting road culverts, in safety zones or near trails on SGLS or SF. You're leaving the door wide open for trap/fur thieves, and increase the likely hood of catching dogs or cats. A fox in a proper set and trap doesn't really suffer, most of the time they settle down and are have seen some that were actually sleeping when I arrived. Laminated and offset jaws do a great job eliminating damage to an animal's leg or paw. Although it ideal to check traps ASAP in the morning, some folks work schedule doesn't allow it. And I have had catches made shortly after setting/ checking traps....the trapper may have already made his check for the day.
Other than releasing one's pet or hunting dog that finds it's way into a trap, it's illegal to tamper with anyone's traps. That includes dispatching their catch. This time of year a lot of furbearers' hides are starting to look bad, do to ticks, lice, and rubbing. Many of those animals are released by trappers. Some guys release all the female fox they catch...if someone dispatches them, that's no longer an option.