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Re: Catching Rabbits in Live traps

  • Subject: Re: Catching Rabbits in Live traps
  • From: "Gerry/Bob O'Neill" <eoneill@attglobal.net>
  • Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2001 08:52:59 -0400

The trick to avoiding skunks is to shut down the traps at dusk. Skunks are
crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn); rabbits and groundhogs are out
during the day, usually early morning and late afternoon.

And please check the trap often. I learned that the hard way, when I set my
groundhog trap in the morning and then left for work on a hot summer day. I
came home at 6 that night to find a groundhog in the trap, exhausted and
dehydrated, covered in groundhog sh*t and with bloody paws from trying to
dig through the bottom. I now only set the trap during the day, in the
shade, and while I'm home to monitor it.  

Humane extermination of pests with a gun is far superior to causing them
unnecessary stress, terror and suffering while trapping them with a
Have-a-Hart, not to mention the issue of whether they survive relocation or
not...But here in Oak Ridge, using a gun or poison bait is against city
law, and gassing their burrows is impossible because the burrows are in
impenetrable greenbelt..so I either trap/relocate or just give up gardening. 


At 06:59 AM 6/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
>I tried this once (ONCE!!); all I caught was a skunk.  Never again.
>Linda Kofstad
>>In a message dated 6/1/01 9:45:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>>BanyaiHsta@aol.com writes:
>><< Leave the trap set in out of the way paths.
>>   >>
>>Bruce, how many (rabbits) have you caught doing this?  N.
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