Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 30

Traps

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 27, 2007 on The History Channel
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Traps are a device designed to capture and kill, but they don't always harm their prey.
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      • It paid to trap beaver in the 1800s. One pelt was worth about $3 – almost $100 today. It could've been traded for many goods including one pair of shoes, two pair of scissors, two small axes, or twenty fish hooks.

      • In 2006, workers at China's Three Gorges Dam laid 30,000 traps and 43 tons of rat poison to clear rodents from the empty reservoir before filling began.

      • Rome, Italy is world famous for its trap-neuter-release program: traps target over 250,000 stray cats living in about 2,000 colonies.

      • In 1883 fishermen trapped 43 million pounds of salmon on the Columbia – that's over 20 times the salmon trapped in the river today.

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      • Narrator: When you least expect it these mechanical beasts bite down and never let go. A death sentence for rodents, a beacon of hope for fish, a tool for cleaning up New Orleans or human intruder's worst nightmare. Simple in concept yet advanced in their engineering, they push the American frontier in the west and created a division in its people. You'd better watch your step. Now: Traps, on Modern Marvels

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