Beaver trapping technique

These animals are now exceedingly scarce. The clearing up and cultivation of the soil has driven them nearly all from the country. When a beaver pond has been found, the principal object is to take each beaver in it alone and drown it as soon as possible. If the remaining beavers get a knowledge of capture of one of their family they will all remove away. The trap should be set near the shore, about three inches under water. Carefully hide it by a covering of some soft substance that will not interfere with its springing. Use for bait a small portion of beaver castor, a milky secretion found in glands near the testicles of the male beaver, leave it on the bank near the trap. Carefully remove all trace of footprints by drenching the tracks with water.

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