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Why don't trappers make their traps more selective?

posted Apr 1, 2012, 10:21 PM by Scott Slocum   [ updated Apr 18, 2012, 3:16 PM ]
Why do trappers prefer not to elevate or submerge their body-gripping traps as suggested in Minnesota Senate Bill S.F. No. 1736 and House Bill H.F. No. 2243, or use other selective trapping methods?
  • Dog-proof raccoon traps work only for racoons, so they can't do double duty (like the traps that kill dogs can).
  • Elevated traps work only for animals that climb; like racoons, fishers, martens, perhaps bobcats, etc. They can't do double duty (like the traps that kill dogs can).
  • Traps can't always be submerged if the ice is too thick or the water isn't deep enough.