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Trapping the Lynx

Trapping the Lynx




      

Trapping the Lynx


Lynx are not difficult to trap. I have had pretty good success, and you probably know that as well as any one else by the number of skins I have sent you. I do not expect to stay in British Columbia much longer, therefore will give you my methods of trapping in this section.

As far as traps are concerned, I prefer the Newhouse, nothing smaller than No. 2%, larger ones preferred, although I have caught a lynx in a No. 1. He would have escaped were it not for the fact that the jaws held him by one of his toes, and he had sense enough not to struggle.

The lynx will follow the trail of other animals as well as that of the trapper. I set my traps in my own path, as well as those made by cattle or wild beasts. A hole is made of sufficient size to hold the trap. A piece of dry limb is laid on each side of the trap, so when the lynx comes along he will prefer to step between the two pieces of wood and of course in the trap. At other times I make an artificial abode and set my trap within it.

Such sets require bait. The lynx is not very particular as to what kind of bait it is—rabbit, grouse, duck, goose, or, in fact, any kind of birds or animals or parts there from. Occasionally the traps are fastened to some drag. At other times I arrange chain to spring pole. None of these are essential, as traps fastened on a stick answer the purpose. I do not think much about decoy but have used beaver castors mixed with whiskey and asafetida. Have killed as many lynx with the rifle as with traps, and probably all due to the lynx coming pretty close to the cabin at night. I usually shoot from the roof of the cabin. Snares are also very good, but the cheapest and best, next to steel traps, and probably the surest, are deadfalls.

J. H. DONNLY.

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