Hal,Anybody th ever traped with me will tell you. My traps ARE tuned and in the best condision posable,its my living not my hobby.
These odd ball catches are a result of, raising water (Beaver by the foot)and animals backing in to the traps. ( a otter backing up into his toilit) Or a beaver turning on the dam cross over, to get a stick or something (beaver by the tail).
OH, I forgot last year,not last season. I cought a bobcat by the back leg, on a beaver dan in a 330.Guess he was walking across the trap, useing it as a bridge to cross the open water in the dam brake.
See I'm just catch'n and hold'n everything. That other wise would have been let go. A other trapper useing inferior traps, would be there stearing at a empty trap. Saying to his self "Self- A stick or flooting leaf must have sprong my trap". I also catch lots of muskrats and mink in my 280's and 330's too.