live·​trap | \ ˈlīv-ˌtrap How to pronounce livetrap (audio) \
livetrapped; livetrapping; livetraps

Definition of livetrap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to capture (an animal) in a live trap

live trap


Definition of live trap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a trap for catching an animal alive and uninjured

Examples of livetrap in a Sentence

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Once, the rat was caught in a live trap but somehow escaped. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A rat was found dead on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Here’s why that’s a big deal.," 2 July 2019 Breaking out a window or sending down window cleaners would have been too risky, Ms. Donnelly-Coyne said, so officials baited live traps with cat food and placed them on the roof. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Daredevil Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes a Sensation," 13 June 2018 Animal control workers did set live traps on the tower's roof, believing that would be the safest option for capture, MPR reports. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Climbing raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper, defies death and becomes internet famous," 13 June 2018 Biologists have had live traps set in the woods near the end of Hiland Road since Wednesday, the same day a volunteer searcher was injured by a brown bear while searching for missing hiker Michael Soltis. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear sought in fatal Eagle River mauling eludes traps," 26 June 2018 Now, the world is waiting to find out if the raccoon found the live trap at the top of the building. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Climbing raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper, defies death and becomes internet famous," 13 June 2018 While it is generally recommended that animals should not be trapped in devices that capture them alive, in some situations live trapping may be more successful. Michael Harrelson,, "Keep it clean to spare citrus from rats," 12 Apr. 2018 Cuny says there more problems with live trapping a wild animal. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "2 big reasons not to trap and relocate wild animals," 9 Mar. 2018 The group also frequently uses social media tools, plus cameras and humane live traps, to track and rescue skittish animals that resist capture. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Lost pet? Many call on JoCo 'pet chip detective' and his team | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above


1823, in the meaning defined above

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