Ancient Traps for Ancient Cats

Recent findings in Israel suggest that Bedouin peoples have been using the same style of trap to capture large predators for over 5,000 years.

Leopard traps very similar to the ones created in the last 100 years were found to be over 5,000 years old. These traps used meat to lure predators like leopards, foxes, hyenas, and wolves into the trap, when a door would swing shut, trapping the animal. The peoples of the area used these traps to protect livestock from predators.

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By Greg Willis from Denver, CO, usa (Leopard about to Pounce) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons