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Old 08-13-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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What exactly is the law about this in your area? Is there a law? I can't find one on the books around here.

If someone comes on your land and steps in an iron trap, are you liable?

I use trap door and releasable snares. I stay away from the iron stuff mainly because I don't want to cripple something I'm not after. That and I know the family way over the mountain has little kids. I've never seen them on my side but I don't want to take any chances.

I don't have any trespassers or am looking to booby-trap my land. This is just something I always wondered. Are trespassing signs enough or should you also put up signs that says "hidden traps."

Right now, I have no signs up. I'd like to keep it that way unless a problem arises. We have good people in my area and if they are on someone elses land, it is a no brainer they respect it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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If your Trapping right there is no reason for a Person to get in a Trap.Been Trapping over 40 years.

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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if your trapping right there is no reason for a person to get in a trap.been trapping over 40 years.

Hillmanj
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Unless you're setting bear sized traps (illegal now in every state to use on bears, Maine allows foot snares but not the big bear traps anymore) you're not going to hurt a person with a foothold trap. The biggest one I have and use (a large trap for hind feet of beavers) has a jawspread of only 8.5 inches, not enough to hold onto a person or really hurt them. I have a bear trap but it's only a display item now. Trap doors? What do you mean by that, cage traps or actual trap doors over holes? Properly sized and set foothold traps won't cripple an animal. I really would suggest you take a good trapper education course, they're often free from your state.

The most dangerous traps are large conibear (body gripping) traps (particularly 330's for beavers) and many states have a lot of restrictions on those (what size may be set on land, etc., I can't set 330's on land in VT and there's size restrictions on others part of the season unless they're above the ground a certain distance). But still, unless you stick your head in one, the biggest problem is it'll hurt if one snaps on you (they are made to kill what they catch afterall).

In most states you would not be liable for trespassers' actions (I won't comment on nutty states like MA where burglars have successfully sued homeowners for hurting themselves while breaking into their homes). There may not be a law on the books on it but you can bet there's caselaw (court decisions) that would decide the matter in your area, which would require research.

Do you also know the laws on trapping in your state?
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Lowlands
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You can't get any more inhumane than animal traps.

Think about what you are doing.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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You can't get any more inhumane than animal traps.

Think about what you are doing.
Trapping can be perfectly humane. Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (http://www.fishwildlife.org/furbearer_resources.html - broken link)
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