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#6545 - 06/23/06 05:27 PM Beaver by two feet
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I don't think I posted this photo, but I ran across it today as I was looking through my files. This was from last February.



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#6546 - 06/23/06 09:19 PM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Registered: 06/14/06
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Hal, I'm not a beaver trapper, but I'm curious, how did that happen??

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#6547 - 06/24/06 06:42 AM Re: Beaver by two feet
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The beaver got both feet in the trap at the same time.

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#6548 - 06/24/06 10:02 AM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Registered: 04/13/06
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Loc: South Carolina
Just one of those neat things that happen on the trapline.

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#6549 - 06/24/06 11:16 AM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Registered: 06/06/06
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Loc: western il
thats cool cool or intresting, i dont know what to say laugh

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#6550 - 06/24/06 06:56 PM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Was this set created so the feet would pass between the jaws instead of over them? confused Frank.
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#6551 - 06/24/06 09:34 PM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Registered: 01/09/01
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Loc: Erie, IL
It looks like just a toe is in , could it have worked it in there fighting the trap?

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#6552 - 06/24/06 09:40 PM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Ok, I deserved that. Let me re-phrase the question. Could you describe the circumstances that would lead to such a catch??

Was the beaver entering or exiting the water?? Slide or perhaps a mound set??

Or as mentioned-just one of those things??

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#6553 - 06/25/06 06:18 AM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 1963
Loc: Qc.
What Dale F said. The front foot is caught and the beaver slipped the toe in from the centre of the jaw as it struggled.

Is that trap an MB? It seems to be a trap that has both jaws held down.

Not a particularily large beaver. :rolleyes: The photo does show how an animal can step on a jaw lever.

Your February doesn't have much snow or ice! laugh

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#6554 - 06/25/06 01:34 PM Re: Beaver by two feet
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Musher: Good observation. However, in many parts of the civilized world there are ice and snow free days in February. But there is another explanation. This is the Ohio River. Thatís Ohio River water youíre looking at. Iíve lived here more than 30 years, and that river has frozen exactly once.

And thatís also part of the explanation for the weird catch. This is a navigable river. The water level and river traffic is maintained through a series of locks and dams. Twelve inch fluctuations are normal. That trap was out of position when the beaver hit it. The trap hadnít moved an inch, but the water level, up or down, had chanced by several inches.

I canít fully discount the possibility that the beaver clawed its way into the trap, but look closer. Look how deeply the front foot is into that trap, and how far forward it is. The beaverís front foot was standing between the pan and the jaw hinge when that trap fired. It fired the pan with the back edge of its front leg, as it was bringing itís back foot forward.

If the water had been a little shallower, I would have made solid front foot catch. If it had been a little deeper I would have had a back foot catch.

smile -- Hal
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