"[The trapper] says sometimes trapped animals, like raccoons, will die not of drowning but of hypothermia if they're in the water too long in a trap that doesn't drown them."
"It takes six minutes to finally kill the raccoon. It is repeatedly hit round the head and forced under water by [the trapper's] combination stick and boot, but it keeps wriggling free only to get bashed over the head again when it emerges from below. It fights for its life, at one point grasping the stick by its paws, but finally [the trapper] manages to get his boot over the raccoon's neck and pins him to the river bottom where it slowly drowns. It's an incredibly inhumane way to die and was very distressing to watch though [the other trapper] didn't seem too bothered by it. [The trapper] shows his anger during this period and I think how many other animals have experienced a fate like this in his 50 years of trapping."
"Under one log sitting on the frozen creek is a gray fox — it appears almost asleep but is shivering and its back leg is caught up in the trap, which is dangling halfway between the log and the frozen water. Unlike the red fox, which go crazy on approach, these beautiful creatures are much more passive, almost accepting their fate. [The trapper] uses the restrainer to get control of the fox, before crushing his knee down on its chest. He says the size 3 this fox is trapped in "is hard on the fox."
"After a couple of minutes [the trapper] throws the animal to the side. ... I look back at the fox in the snow and still see it's breathing. ... [The trapper] says it's not dead and then starts the same process again. As he is doing this he says how difficult the gray fox are to kill."
"[The shopkeeper] said that one of his [the trapper's] coon dogs had been caught by a coyote and injured. His remedy was to go to a pet store, buy a live rat then wrap it in live in barbwire to a tree while setting a trap beneath it. When he caught the coyote [the shopkeeper] said he pretty much tortured the life out of it."