TRAPPING — POSSESSION WHEN FOUND
TRAPPING — POSSESSION WHEN FOUND — A sets traps for coyotes and leaves them some days without care—over a week. A - coyote is caught and pulls up the stake and goes dragging traps and leaving a good, plain trail. B—sees the track but as he has not the time to follow, that day, he tells C— about it. C— follows the track till he gets Mr. Coyote, also the traps. Does the hide and traps be long to C— or does the hide anti traps belong to A—? C— claims only the hide but A— wants both. Where does B— come in? He would have got the coyote the next day if C— hadn’t gone on the trail. What is the custom among trappers in regard to animals lost and found as in this case?
Findings is not keepings where the owner is known. B nor C have no claim on the traps or on the hide of the animal, for when the coyote was caught in the traps, and until lie escapes from the traps, he belongs to the man who set the trap. It is just as wrong to seize such a coyote as it would to try to take a horse which had broken the strap of the halter, or a dog which had run a race and become lost. However, if B and C had found the traps and the coyote, I should show that I appreciated their assistance. J would invite them over to dinner, say, or something of that sort. They may lose something some time, and they should not object to re-turning the coyote any more than they would a horse or dog or rooster.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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