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1. WO1985002318 - PIEGE A MACHOIRE REMBOURREE AMELIORE

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WE CLAIM:

1. In an animal trap of the type comprising a
frame, first and second jaws having first and second jaw surfaces, respectively, and mounted adjacent one another on said frame for pivotable movement about first and second axes, respectively, and between set and sprung positions, said jaws having in said set position defining a relatively wide angle therebetween with said first and second jaw
surfaces spaced from one another, and in said sprung
position defining an angle of substantially zero degrees therebetween with said first and second jaw surfaces
abutting one another, actuator means for continuously and forcefully urging said jaws to said sprung position, setting means for defining said set position by holding said jaws in said set position against the urging of said actuator means, and actuable trigger means for releasing said setting means to permit said jaws to be snapped by said actuator means to said sprung position under the urging of said spring means, an improvement comprising:

first and second recesses defined in said first and second jaw surfaces, respectively, to define a gap between contacting portions of said first and second jaw surfaces in said sprung position of said jaws; and

SUBSTITUTE SHEET ^^ padding means carried by each jaw for cushioning the impact of said jaws snapping together on a member trapped between the jaws, said padding means comprising a first pad disposed in said first recess and a second pad disposed in said second recess opposite said first pad in said sprung position of said jaws, and first and second pads being resiliently compressable in a direction inwardly of said first and second recesses, respectively;

wherein said contracting portions include first and second lengthwise-extending edges of said first jaw surface disposed on opposite sides of said first recess, and third and fourth lengthwise-extending edges of said second jaw surface disposed on opposite sides of said second recess, and wherein, in said sprung position of said jaws, said first and third edges contact one another to form a first lengthwise-extending contact portion, and said second and fourth edges contact one another to form a second
lengthwise-extending contact portion.

2. The animal trap according to claim 1 wherein said first and second pads each includes a facing surface which faces the facing surface of the other of said pads in the sprung position of said jaws, each facing surface having

SUBSTITUTE SHEET a radially inner longitudinally-extending edge and a
radially outer longitudinally-extending edge spaced from one another depthwise of said recesses by a resilient radially central portion, said radially inner edge extending
forwardly of said central portion toward the radially inner edge of the facing surface of the other of said pads in the spring jaw position such that the radially inner edge of
said first pad contacts the radially inner edge of said
second pad, but the central portions of the first and second pads are mutually spaced when said jaws are in said sprung position.

3. The animal trap according to claim 2 wherein
said radially inner edge of each pad is sufficiently
resilient in a radial sense to permit that edge, when
compressed against a trapped animal limb disposed between
the sprung jaws, to be rolled over toward the central
concave portion of its pad in response to radially outward forces exerted on the trapped animal limb.

4. The animal trap according to claim 3 wherein
said first and second recesses each include: a depth
dimension extending entirely through the first and second
jaw surfaces, respectively, in a radial direction relative to the pivot axes for the first and second jaws,

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O PI respectively; a width dimension extending perpendicularly into said first and second jaw surfaces, respectively; and a length dimension extending along said first and second jaw surfaces, respectively, in a direction perpendicular to said depth and width dimensions; wherein the lengths of said first and second recesses are considerably greater than the widths and depths of said first and second recesses,
respectively; and wherein said first and second pads are co-extensive lengthwise with a major portion of the lengths of said first and second recesses, respectively;

5. The animal trap according to claim 4 wherein' said first and second recesses are substantially coextensive lengthwise in said sprung position of said jaws.

6. The animal trap according to claim 5 wherein said first and second pads are substantially co-extensive lengthwise and extended over substantially the entire
lengths of said first and second recesses, respectively.

7. The animal trap according to claim 3 wherein the facing surfaces of said first and second pads are generally concave in cross-section taken transversely of the pad
length.

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8. The animal trap according to claim 7 further comprising a pattern of channels defined in said facing surfaces for increasing friction at said facing surface.

9. The animal trap according to claim 7 wherein each jaw includes at least two spaced locations on said jaw surface arranged to contact two corresponding locations on said jaw surface of the other jaw in the sprung position of said jaws, said two spaced locations being disposed on
opposite longitudinal sides of said recess.

10. The animal trap according to claim 9 wherein said radially inner edge of each pad extends widthwise outwardly from the recess in which that pad is disposed to a location substantially co-planar with said two spaced
locations on the jaw in which that recess is defined.

11. The animal trap according to claim 10 wherein the central portions of said first and second pads, in the sprung position of said jaws, are spaced from one another.

12. The animal trap according to claim 9 wherein each jaw at said recess has a predetermined cross-sectional configuration, and wherein said first and second pads are

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"" respective flexible resilient integral members each having: a front segment terminating at one side in said facing surface, and a channel-defining segment having an interior elongated channel defined therein extending in the length dimension of said each jaw and having a transverse
cross-section substantially similar to said predetermined cross-section to permit said each jaw to be resiliently engaged in said interior channel at said recess, said channel-defining segment having a longitudinally-extending access slot defined therein for permitting the said each jaw to be inserted through the access slot and into said
channel; and

further comprising the first and second cover means secured to said first and second jaws, respectively, over said access slot in said channel-defining segment to
compress each pad against its jaw and thereby retain the pad in place.

13. The animal trap according to claim 12 wherein said cover means comprises a rigid member having a cover section which is substantially co-extensive with and
disposed- over said access slot in said pad, said cover section including a lip portion which is bent to resiliently deform the pad against the jaw to aid in securing the pad to the jaw.

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14. The animal trap according to claim 13 wherein said access slot is disposed over a radially-facing surface of said each jaw when the jaw is properly inserted in said channel, and said cover section is disposed over said access slot with said lip portion generally facing said front segment of said pad.

15. The animal trap according to claim 14 wherein said front segment of said pad has a greater radial
thickness than the channel-defining segment, front segment, and wherein said cover section is disposed within said shoulder region.

16. The animal trap according to claim 15 wherein the combined radial thickness of said channel-defining segment and said cover section is substantially equal to the radial thickness of said front segment such that the
radially inner and outer edges of said front segment are substantially co-planar with the radially inner and outer edges, respectively, of the combined channel-defining segment and cover section.

17. The animal trap according to claim 16 wherein said cover means includes a rear section formed integrally with and bent at right angles to said cover section, said rear section being positioned over a surface of said
channel-defining segment which faces in an opposite
direction from said facing surface.

18. The animal trap according to claim 3 wherein said radially inner and outer edges of each of said pads extend forwardly toward and contact the inner and outer edges, respectively, of the other of said pads in the sprung jaw position.

19. The animal trap according to claim 1 further comprising an anchor line secured to said frame for
anchoring said frame to the ground, said anchor line being secured to a side of said frame opposite said jaws and at a location which resides in a plane passing between said jaws in a sprung jaw position and which is substantially
equidistant from the opposite longitudinal ends of each of said first and second recesses.

20. The animal trap according to claim 18 wherein said anchor line is longitudinally resiliently expandable in response to tension forces applied thereto.

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21. An animal leghold trap comprising:

a frame;

first and second jaws pivotable mounted on said
frame for movement about first and second pivot axes,
respectively, between set and sprung positions, and set
position being characterized by a relatively large angular spacing between said jaws, and sprung position being
characterized by a substantially zero angle between said jaws;

spring-loaded actuator means, moveable between open and closed position, for continually biasing said jaws
toward sa'id sprung position;

setting means for defining said relatively large angular spacing by holding jaws in said set position against the urging of said actuator means;

trigger means for selectively releasing said setting means to permit the jaws to be snapped to said sprung
position by said actuator means;

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O PI wherein said first and second jaws are first and second elongated members which are deformed in length to dispose portions of said first member at spaced locations along said first pivot axis and to dispose portions of said second member at spaced locations along said second pivot axis, said jaws having respective first and second trapping edges which are positioned adjacent one another in the sprung position of said jaws, said first and second trapping edges each including respective first and second elongated recesses disposed substantially co-extensive with one another to provide a gap between the recessed portions of said adjacent trapping edges in the sprung jaw position; an

• first and second resiliently deformable elongated pads secured to said first and second jaws, respectively, and disposed in said first and second recesses,
respectively, said pads being positioned to just contact one another along respective lineal pad edge portions without substantial resilient deformation of the pads when said jaws are positioned adjacent one another into the sprung jaw position;

wherein said first ;and second pads each includes a facing surface which is generally concave in one dimension

SUBSTITUTE SHEET extending radially from said first and second pivot axes, respectively, the generally concave surface including a
radially outer edge and a radially inner edge, said inner edge constituting a most forwardly-extending portion of said facing surface, wherein the radially inner edge of said
first pad just contacts the radially inner edge of said
second pad without substantial resilient deformation in the sprung position of said jaws, leaving the concave portions of said first and second facing surfaces mutually spaced.

22. The animal trap according to claim 21 wherein said generally concave facing surface of said first and
second pads is provided with a pattern of channels for
increasing friction. at said facing surface.

23. The animal trap according to claim 22 wherein said pattern of channels includes plural channels extending longitudinally of said' pads.

24. The animal trap according to claim 23 wherein said pattern of channels additionally includes plural
channels extending perpendicular to said longitudinally-extending channels.

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25. The animal trap according to claim 24 wherein each jaw at said recess has a predetermined cross-sectional configuration, and wherein said first and second pads are respective flexible resilient integral members each
including:

a front pad segment terminating at one side in said facing surface; and

a channel-defining pad segment disposed on the opposite side of said front segment from said facing
surface;

wherein said channel-defining segment includes an interior elongated channel defined therein extending in the iength dimension of said e'ach jaw and having a transverse cross-section substantially similar to said predetermined cross-sectional configuration to permit said each jaw to be resiliently engaged in the interior channel at said recess;

wherein said channel-defining pad segment includes a longitudinally-extending across slot defined therein for* permitting the said each jaw to be inserted through the access slot and into said channel;

SUBSTITUTE SHEET ^^ wherein said trap further comprises first and second cover means secured to said first and second jaws,
respectively, over said access slot in said channel-defining segment to compress each pad against its jaw and thereby retain the pad in place.

26. The animal trap according to claim 25 wherein said cover means includes a rigid member having a cover section which is substantially co-extensive longitudinally with and disposed over said access slot in said pad, said cover section including a lip portion which is bent toward the jaw to resiliently deform the pad against the jaw to aid in securing the pad to the jaw.

27. The animal trap according to claim 26 wherein said access slot is disposed over a radially-facing surface of said each jaw when the jaw is properly inserted into said channel, and said cover section is disposed over said access slot with said lip portion generally facing said front segment of said pad.

28. The animal trap according to claim 27 wherein • said front segment of said pad has a greater radial

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defining a shoulder region rearwardly of said front segment, and wherein said cover section is disposed within said
shoulder region.

29. The animal trap according to claim 28 wherein the combined radial thickness of said channel -defining
segment and said cover section is substantially equal to the radial thickness of said front segment such that the
radially inner and outer edges of said front segment are substantially co-planar with the radially inner and outer edges, respectively, of the combined channel -defining
segment and cover section.

30. The animal trap according to claim 21 further comprising a flexible anchor line secured to said frame for anchoring said frame to ground, said anchor line being
secured to a side of said frame which is opposite said jaws and at a location on said frame which resides in a plane passing between said jaws in the sprung position of said jaws, said location being equidistant from the opposite
longitudinal ends of each of said first and second recesses.

31. The animal trap according to claim 30 wherein said anchor line is longitudinally resiliently expandable in response to tension forces applied to said anchor line.

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32. The animal trap according to claim 21 wherein said radially inner edge of each pad is sufficiently
resilient in a radial sense to permit that edge, when
compressed against a trapped animal limb disposed between the sprung jaws, to be rolled over toward the central
concave portion of its pad in response to radially outward forces exerted on the trapped animal limb.

33. An animal leghold trap comprising:

a frame;

first and second jaws pivotably mounted on said
frame for movement between set and sprung positions, said set position being characterize by a relatively large
angular spacing between said jaws, said sprung position
being characterized by a substantially zero angle between said jaws;

spring loaded actuator means, moveable between open and closed positions, for continually biasing said jaws
toward said sprung position;

setting means for defining said relatively large angular spacing by holding said jaws in said set position against the urging of said actuator means;

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OMPI trigger means for selectively releasing said setting means to permit the jaws to be snapped to said sprung position from said set position by said actuator means'; and

a flexible anchor line secured to said frame for anchoring said frame to the ground, said anchor line being secured to a side of said frame which is opposite said jaws and at a location which resides in a plane passing between said jaws in the sprung jaw position and which is
substantially equidistant from the opposite longitudinal ends of each of said first and second recesses.

34. The animal trap according to claim 33 wherein said anchor line i's longitudinally resiliently expandable in response to tension forces applied to said anchor line.

35. The animal trap according to claim 34 further comprising padding means for cushioning the impact applied by said jaws to an object trapped between said jaws in the sprung jaw position.

36. In an animal trap of the type comprising a frame, first and second jaws having first and second jaw

SUBSTITUTE SHEET surfaces, respectively, and mounted adjacent one another on said frame for pivotable movement about first and second axes, respectively, and between set and sprung positions, said jaws in said set position defining a relatively wide angle therebetween with said first and second jaw surfaces spaced from one another, and in said sprung position
defining an angle of substantially zerb degrees therebetween with said first and second jaw surfaces abutting one
another, actuator means for continously and forcefully urging said jaws to said sprung position, setting means for defining said set position by holding said jaws in said set position against the urging of said actuator .means, and actuable trigger means for releasing said setting means, to permit said jaws to be snapped by said actuator means to said sprung position under the urging of said spring- means, an improvement comprising:

recess means defined in at least one of said first and second jaw surfaces to define a gap between portions of said first and second jaw surfaces in said sprung position of said jaws; and

padding means carried by each jaw for resiliently cushioning the impact of said jaws snapping together on a member trapped between the jaws at said recess means, said padding means comprising first and second pads carried by said first and second jaws, respectively, each pad including a radially inner edge of the other pad, said radially inner edge between sufficiently resilient in a radial sense from said pivot axes to permit that edge, when compressed against a trapped animal limb disposed between the sprung jaws, to be rolled inwardly toward the trapped limb in response to radially outward forces exerted on the trapped limb.

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