What is the difference between bait and an attractor?

Is bait (as defined in Idaho's “Furbearer – Methods of Take/Rules”) and an attractor synonymous? In other words, can the non edible part(s), such as a hide, fur, or feather, of a non game animal be used an a attractor for trapping Coyote? And, lastly, is there any case law dealing with the difference between the two?


‘Bait’ for trapping purposes is defined as any animal parts; except bleached bones or liquid scent.
You also cannot use for bait or scent, any part of a domestic or wild origin game bird, big game animal, upland
game animal, game fish, or protected nongame wildlife;  Although there isn't a definition for attractor or attractant in the rules, it is commonly considered a scent such as pheromones for attracting animals.  However, some trappers frequently use shiney or reflective and mobile objects or feathers to attract bobcats.  These may be considered attractants even though they are not scents.  You therefore can use parts of domestic farm animals such as hair, fur, or feather as bait or attractant but they have to meet the placement rule of not being visible from above and or 30 feet from a trap.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 3:00 PM MST