Truth about traps and their safe use

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to the poor cat that was caught in a trap (Owner Is­sues Warn­ing Af­ter Cat’s Trap Or­deal, KE, Fe­bru­ary 18), the trap is in fact a Fenn trap, they come in two sizes and can be used for squir­rels, rats, stouts or weasels by pest con­trol of­fi­cers or game­keep­ers to pro­tect bird eggs. The mk6 is for mink and rab­bits as well. They are cer­tainly not big enough for foxes.

I would only use them pos­si­bly for squir­rels in a loft space of a house or other build­ing. They should be well se­cured so they can’t be car­ried off if the an­i­mal hasn’t died and checked within seven days of putting them down by law. Any­body us­ing them out­side has to be sure they are well cov­ered and pro­tected so ac­ci­dents like this do not hap­pen.

Un­for­tu­nately th­ese traps can be bought by any­one and not ev­ery­one is care­ful or has the com­mon sense to use them prop­erly. Graeme Mar­shall Pest con­trol of­fi­cer, South Ash­ford

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