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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: Domestic catches
Yes, John S, we know that LOL.
Most dogs I've caught get a bit grumpy when I go to open the trap, I'm assuming that when I start to open the jaws there's some soreness they are feeling. But other than that, I only had one dog that was bad, and it was a german shepherd I caught twice 2 seasons apart. Not a very smart GS I guess, and not too brainy owners either. This same dog was supposedly running deer and the owners had been warned the dog would be shot if caught at it again. It's what the guy who got me permission to trap told me anyway ( he being one of the deer hunters, but not 1 of the ones who would actually shoot the dog).
Feral cats- they differ. Some want to scrap, others are just so scared they try to turn and get away allowing me to get the trap open. The scrappy ones I pin down the neck with a Leggetts trappers helper. I can't kill a healthy looking cat. Non of these ferals ever looks mangey, ratty, etc. One of them jumped in a pond and swam across it after I let it go. Made me almost think I'd just let a bobcat go, since every domestic cat I've ever had hates being in water.