trap line

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Trap line

When free ranging small wild animals such as opossums, raccoons, or skunks were trapped for their fur, a number of traps separated by many feet might be set and constituted a trap line. Since these animals were nocturnal, the line would be run (checked) each morning.
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Noun1.Trap line - a line or series of trapstrap line - a line or series of traps    
line - a formation of people or things one behind another; "the line stretched clear around the corner"; "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"
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Even if you don't see a fish lazing around on the surface, one may be hanging down below on the trap line.
Enforcement of bobcat trapping regulations in the field is virtually impossible, primarily because of the inability to identify a trapper's trap line with current GPS technology.
His mass was reverent, and during his spare time, he fished on the Lesser Slave Lake, held a registered trap line and still sometimes could be seen wearing his old Oblate Cassock and hat around Joussard.
Gregorio Bautista and other fisherman pulling a fish trap line
Baited rat-traps were placed adjacent to Museum Special snaptraps 3, 7, 11, 15, and 19, and 1-2 m from them perpendicular to the trap line on the side nearest the 100-m transect.
At 3 months old, Winter was found tangled in a crab trap line.
A lake will have multiple uses by more than one community, as a tourist camp in the summer and a trap line in the winter.
Coming off the trap line, he was grinning from ear-to-ear.
Jimmy Stillas (1936-1990) was highly regarded as the Chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation in the hinterland of the West Chilcotin In October 1990, while out hunting on his grandfather's trap line, his snow machine went through the ice.
Trap-line locations within a site were restricted by the habitat types available, a patch size of greater than 100 m to fit a trap line within a single habitat type and a minimum distance of 100 m between samples.
In a trap line, key characteristics--for example, character or character types in a particular location--are marked.