- "…which is why traps are bad for ya health."
- —Olwin Goldboot
Gin traps are small or large devices made to catch animals. Most traps are hinged metal jaws that snap shut when weight is placed on a pressure plate attached to chains, which are secured to a tree or a spike hammered into the ground. A small gin trap can catch and hold game no bigger than a wolf, while a large gin trap can hold creatures as big as bears. Trappers throughout the Old World use these devices, and none too few wanderers have lost a foot to one of these hidden devices.[1a]