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nevadaagteacher

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PostSubject: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:04 pm

I had a bit of an unanswered situation tonight and I did not think to take a picture to show everyone. I had an MB 550 exposed with ant hill sand placed on the pan in a narrowed down trail. I had a trap sprung, the trap had not been pulled on (the chain was loose so there was no struggle) and it had white 1/4" fur on both jaws. No claw, no blood, no struggle..just a sprung trap with white fur on the jaw.

Impossible question, but what is everyone's thought. Could it have been a lion, maybe a coyote, a cottontail that was pinched but not caught, a bobcat? The 550 has four coils and I have bent the dog down to accomplish 3 pounds of tension. This is my first miss on an exposed trail 550 and it's bothering the crap out of me. Just a sprung trap, still on the wax paper, with pure white fur on the middle of the offset jaw.

Any thoughts? Has this happened to anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:25 pm

nontarget rodent/rabbit belly hair most likely.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:55 pm

I had the same thing exactly on a buried coyote trap this year. I'm pretty sure it was a rabbit. Trap was fired but undisturbed with the same hair your describing.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:54 pm

pwc and moneyspots, you are probably right. I just wonder how in the heck they hit the pan and get out of the way of the jaws as fast as those exposed 550's shut.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:56 pm

I wonder the same thing. I wish I had trail cam footage of it happening.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:59 pm

I also think it could be a rabbit. But could have also been a cat or coyote wanting to rub/roll on your lure. Were you using any lure with castor in it? I am no lure expert but remember reading in a book about.....I think it was castor that makes them want to rub on it.... I know mink glands cats like to rub on for sure. Got that one on trail cam.


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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:22 am

I had a set last year and again this year that I thought a cat had rolled on. Exactly what you are describing nvsage. The thing with those were that the traps were pulled away from there original location with no sign of a struggle. Not saying teach didn't have one roll on his trap. I wish I had enough cameras for each set. They would answer a lot of questions I've had.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:24 am

Yeah the mysteries of trapping. Sometimes you just stand there scratching your head going what happened here!!!! All part of the fun. That is what keeps you going. Sounds like a rabbit to me but who knows?
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:02 pm

1/4 inch white fur - weasel bounding through? I wish I had a camera on very trap too!
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:44 pm

I was thinking weasel also. Not sure it could set off a trap with 3-4lbs of pan tension though.
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PostSubject: Re: Sprung trap?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:23 pm

Thanks for the posts guys, I do wish we could trail cam every set! Nvsage, no lure around the walk through, just a pinched down spot for a cat to travel. Bucks, I certainly agree. I've had two catch circles with nothing in the trap this year. I always think the worst and wonder if someone borrowed my catch, but there was no one else in the area. I've come to think that maybe it was an a predator with just a claw caught that slipped out of the offset jaw. I did just stand there thinking "what the hell" looking for answer to the situation. I like the weasel thought, never gave that a thought, but I saw a weasel this winter in a different location.
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