|This article is about an older version of DF.|
Animal traps can be used by ordering one of your trappers to capture a live land animal in the kennel or butcher's shop with then , or placing an order with the manager from a kennel to catch a live land animal, and can also be built by going into the uild menu, and choosing to place an animal trap anywhere. In order to catch small animals, after the trap is placed it must be baited ( to select bait type). Bait can be fish, meat, or a large gem (though gems are currently useless). There is a chance, depending on the quality of the trap, that it will not spring fast enough to catch the vermin, causing the bait to be lost, and the trap will need to be reset and rebaited, which a trapper dwarf will automatically do on his own. According to Toady, the formula for the chance that a trap quality gives you successfully trapping a creature (as opposed to being robbed) is 50/65/75/85/95/100; this means that masterwork traps will never be robbed.
When a vermin is caught in a trap, it will be brought to an animal stockpile which accepts vermin of that type by a dwarf with the animal hauling labor enabled. You can remove a vermin from a trap (thus freeing it for re-use) by assigning it to an installed cage; for doing this to hateable vermin you should have a separate cage in a far away place, so as to reduce the chance of dwarves getting unhappy thoughts.
Note that a caught vermin is treated as if it were an item; marking it for dumping releases it.
 Currently reported bugs
- Baiting a trap with meat/fish uses up a whole stack. Bug:1436
- Creatures escape from Artifact traps/cages. Bug:6117
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