The Conservation Officer Service placed this trap on Tideview Road in Langdale on Monday. The red item in the front is a cooler filled with meat and sweets that attract bears. The back side of the trap (not seen in the picture) holds a steel door that swings shut when a bear–or anything–gets inside.

It’s midweek as I write. I just checked the trap and it has yet to snare a bear. You can read more about the bear trap in my West Howe Sounder column in the Aug. 18 issue of the Coast Reporter.