Robin By-kill in Vertical Traps

Has anybody killed robins in snap traps that are mounted vertically?

I’m not referring to traps on ramps or tree limbs, but straight up and down on tree trunks and/or wooden posts. The base of the traps would be up high enough that a robin couldn’t access the treadle (maybe 20cm?), but I don’t know if they have the ability to hover.

There are a number of sites that look very promising for tree trapping. I kill plenty of ship rats on the ground, but I’d like to kill some in the trees, too (and the occasional mustelid, hopefully).

I’m paranoid about killing a robin, because they’ve just started to re-establish themselves here. Killing a robin, especially a female, would be a real setback.


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