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Civets
« on: December 22, 2019, 08:51:31 PM »
I received a message about civets and the KORO rat traps so thought I would share my experience so far this year. Pictured are 4 I caught yesterday. A little blurry, I guess I'm not steady.
Anyway, KOROs are all I have been using this year and been catching 1 or 2 most days. All of them have been dead but some show a mark so maybe not instant death but pretty close.
How to: I think you have to have a box for the trap to force them through the trap. You do need to cut the pan IMO back to about 1/2 inch. Just enough to not ruin the hole for the trigger wire. Do leave the little bait spike on the pan. I took them off some and that is a mistake. It gives them something to step over and in doing so they plant more firmly on the pan. With the full pan they do not get into the trap far enough before they spring it and the jaw pushes their head out. A strike across the shoulders is the most effective on civets so you need to get them in as far as possible.
I think you need to hair  trigger them as much as possible. Simple to do if they spring hard. Just bend the trigger wire back a bit. A few of them have a small bur on the trigger wire. A few licks with a flat file take care of that. Most are OK though.
Do attach the trap to the box. They are a little tippy if you don't. I drill a small hole  through the front of the box and run a wire through it and over the part of the trap the striker hits.
I tried modifying them with a small conibears type trigger and it didn't work well. Stick with the pan.
Pm me if you want some. I have them for sale.
One last thing. You can go to a 3 day check with them but unless it is freezing better to check every other day. In 3 days they can get a green belly.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2019, 08:59:48 PM »
Man, spotted skunks sure look cool.  I dont believe we have them in my neck of the woods.  Am i wrong?  Seen about a million regular old striped skunks (most of which have been taking asphalt naps.)  In fact my taxi is slacking on a skunk mount for me.  Finally caught up with the barn skunk cat food bandit with my .22lr a while back.  :chuckle:

How far do i have to go to find a spotted skunk?

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Re: Civets
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2019, 09:03:54 PM »
Man, spotted skunks sure look cool.  I dont believe we have them in my neck of the woods.  Am i wrong?  Seen about a million regular old striped skunks (most of which have been taking asphalt naps.)  In fact my taxi is slacking on a skunk mount for me  :chuckle:

How far do i have to go to find a spotted skunk?
Probably have to make it over the crest to the west side. Thick second growth.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2019, 06:19:05 AM »
Nice catch ! Is there any documentation that we can print off to keep on hand to prove that it’s legal to use just in case?
Thanks Jake

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Re: Civets
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2019, 06:28:27 AM »
Man, spotted skunks sure look cool.  I dont believe we have them in my neck of the woods.  Am i wrong?  Seen about a million regular old striped skunks (most of which have been taking asphalt naps.)  In fact my taxi is slacking on a skunk mount for me  :chuckle:

How far do i have to go to find a spotted skunk?
Probably have to make it over the crest to the west side. Thick second growth.
Range map shows them in the Blues too
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Civets
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2019, 11:43:08 AM »
Nice catch ! Is there any documentation that we can print off to keep on hand to prove that it’s legal to use just in case?
Thanks Jake
Check your e-mail

Anyone else want the letter from WDFW PM me your e-mail and I'll send it to you.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2019, 12:27:24 PM »
Thank you!! That’s perfect

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Re: Civets
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2019, 02:24:21 PM »
On the letter it does say that if a occurrence happens that they’re supposed to document it and send it up the chain of command so they can be reviewed and maybe change what they can be used for ?

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Re: Civets
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2019, 08:15:27 PM »
At some point, probably next year WDFW is planning on making a rule defining what a "common rat or mouse trap" is.
If there are incidents involving the KORO rat trap in the meantime they are supposed to be reported by Enforcement Officers. This would likely effect that rule making process.
I have to say I can't imagine what kind of incident would happen with the traps though.
I will be involved in this rule making process so hope to see a more permanent rule for their use.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2019, 06:26:05 AM »
Do you think using it to trap mink and the trap being a “rodent trap “ that it would make a issue IF a LEO got involved hypothetically if it was set legal and in the up and up ?

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Re: Civets
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2019, 08:19:31 AM »
Are those skunks releasing when smacked by the koro Bruce?
Go hawks

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Re: Civets
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2019, 12:13:02 PM »
Do you think using it to trap mink and the trap being a “rodent trap “ that it would make a issue IF a LEO got involved hypothetically if it was set legal and in the up and up ?
The basis for them being used is that they are categorized as a rat trap in that they are designed and sold to trap rats. That gets them an exemption from I-713. There is no limitations on what animals can be trapped in a trap exempt from the law.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2019, 12:14:19 PM »
Are those skunks releasing when smacked by the koro Bruce?
I have not noticed where they have.
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Re: Civets
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2019, 12:57:35 PM »
could you post a picture of your box? Or PM me a picture?

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Re: Civets
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2019, 05:04:01 PM »
could you post a picture of your box? Or PM me a picture?

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