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Evaluation of five kill traps for effective capture and killing of Australian brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

TitleEvaluation of five kill traps for effective capture and killing of Australian brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsWarburton, B., and Orchard I.
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Zoology
Volume23
Pagination307-314
Keywordstrapping
Abstract Five types of kill trap for possible use by professional possum trappers in New Zealand were tested for their potential to kill possums quickly and for their capture efficiency. Traps were evaluated using the testing requirements outlined in a draft International Trap Standard. This involved sequential mechanical testing, pen testing with free-moving possums, and field testing. The Banya and Lokaasklem traps failed the mechanical evaluation because of insufficient impact momentum and clamping force; pen testing failed the Conibear 160 because insufficient possums were killed; and field testing failed the BMI 160 because insufficient possums were struck on the target location. The LDL 101 trap was the only one of the five traps to pass all three test stages. The ISO draft standard therefore provides a rigorous testing procedure that most kill traps currently available in New Zealand would not pass. However, because one trap did pass, it is clearly possible to develop kill traps to meet the standard and which also could compete realistically as capture-efficient alternatives to leg-hold traps.
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