The Sentinel Kill Trap was developed for Traps.co.nz in 2006 to fill a gap in the possum control industry for a small lightweight portable trap that can be used over large areas. The trap has been used over a large scale by the Department of Conservation in the Urewera National Park and was found to be the most suitable trap tested (see page 21 in this report).
The trap design is based on a Canadian trap design called the LDL 101 that was tested by Landcare Research NZ Ltd and found to be suitable for capturing possums (see the research paper). However, our initial trails indicated that the LDL 101 needed to have major modifications to consistently capture and kill possums. We developed a trap with these modifications which we patented (NZ Patent 521746).
The Sentinel trap was tested By Landcare Research NZ Ltd using the NAWAC trap testing proceedures and found that it passed the New Zealand humane standards for kill traps (research report).
The Sentinel also has a patented rat resistant bait clip attached that stops rats eating the bait so the trap remains baited for several weeks (research report). The Rat resistant bait clip has a New Zealand patent (NZ Patent 532933).
Note: This video shows Department of Conservation staff using the trap with a safety hook and a locating pin. These were made by DoC staff and are not required to operate the trap and are not included in the purchase of your trap or sold by Traps.co.nz.
This purchase is for the full trap set up which includes:
- The Sentinel Trap
- The Rat resistant bait clip
- The trap cover
- The tree mount