People who use traps are called trappers. Essentially, they are known for hunting and trapping wild animals, especially in areas where those animals have become a nuisance to the environment.
Trapping allows trappers to use mechanical devices to capture different animal species without them actually being present.
Although effective for intended purposes, trapping is indiscriminate. This means that any animal, including those not sought after by the trapper, may get stuck when their feet touch the ground where the mechanical device is set up.
The camera is set up on the ground with the mountain lion in the center of the frame. It is very visibly upset, with its left paw caught in the trap, causing it a lot of pain.
The trapper, realizing that he must set the mountain lion free, approaches it with a noose. Understandably, the mountain lion perceives the man as a threat.
Despite this, the man continues approaching the mountain lion and expertly manages to get the noose around its neck. It takes him only one try.
The mountain lion responds as any cat would. It hisses, flashing its sharp teeth, and writhes about on the floor, attempting to free itself—even with its left paw still stuck in the trap.
It’s a dry environment with some brush strewn and about and the mountain lion kicks up quite a bit of dust. The man tightens the noose enough to nearly immobilize the lion; allowing him to get close enough to release the trap from the big cat’s paw.
The man moves quickly, holding the noose against the mountain lion’s neck, and releases its paw with one swift motion.
The mountain lion, still visibly upset and confused, is released by the man. Text on the screen questions whether this mountain lion should ever have been caught in the first place.
The mountain lion runs away, not interested in engaging with the human that trapped it and hurt its paw.
Trapping remains a controversial practice, but this trapper did a good thing by trying to rectify his mistake.
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