The Bionic® trap, with a bait placed at the back of a 6 cm aperture plastic cone, successfully killed nine of nine wild mink (Mustela vison) in simulated natural conditions. The average times to loss of consciousness and heartbeat were estimated at <60 (±26) sec and 340 (±55) sec, respectively, after firing the trap. This study confirmed that the Bionic trap can be expected to render >79% of captured mink unconscious in ≤3 min (P < 0.05).
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