coypu trap

Trap-door trap, a long, rectangular box made of large mesh galvanised wire. Door at one end is hinged to the top; kept open by an iron rod slipped through a hook in the mesh at the top of the trap. The other end of the rod is attached to a flap in the trap hinged at the bottom; there is a horizontal iron bar near the back of the trap to which the bait is secured. Used for trapping coypu. In order to get at the bait, the animal must go past the flap, knocking it down and thereby withdrawing the rod from the hook; this releases the door which drops shut and is held by an angled wire catch.

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