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What is a trap line?
Trapping is a form of predator control. Trappers set up lines for coon, coyote, fox, bobcat and hogs that are killing livestock, destroying crops and causing habitat damage. Many professionals use a long chain and drag on their traps. This lets the animal run into the brush, where they feel hidden and settle down faster, preventing further physical damage and stress. The drag will usually create a good trail to follow, but if the ground is rocky or has a lot of dead grass, the drag will leave little or no sign. This is where the dog comes in.

How do trap line dogs work?
Starting where the animal was caught, the dog works the track to find the trapped varmint. Once they find their quarry, they must bay up to alert the trapper to its location and keep the animal in one place. So the dog must learn to trail any varmint that is in the trap. They also need to be able to deal with anything the trapper catches, which can range from an ornery wild boar to a treed black bear. With a competent dog controlling the situation, the trapper is able to get close to quickly dispatch the animal. Read the rest of this entry »

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