This is actually one of the success stories of trapping. PETA’s trap propoganda sheet would have you thinking traps operate indiscriminately and always kill. The truth is the conibear trap in the right hand side of the picture did what it was designed to do which is trap animals which crawl through it. Mr Possum here got his leg stuck because he was walking along the fenceline and he happened to brush the trap. I was able to open the trap and free the possum who was no worse for wear (and promptly tried to get into the garden). It’s good to know we can trap specific nuisance animals and leave most of the ecosystem intact.
Groundhog body count is 5. Four in the trap and one from my bow.