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5,000-year-old Leopard trap found in Israel

A 5,000-year-old leopard trap has been found in the Negev Desert in Israel, next to another trap which dates back 1,600 years.

“They look like a pile of stones, like a cairn, and you need a good eye and also some digging around to realize what it is,” Porat told LiveScience.

To set the traps, people would have attached a tasty piece of meat at the end of a rope to lure the leopards or other carnivores.

“When the carnivore pulls at the bait the rope is attached to a slab door and it just closes, so the animal is trapped inside this carnivore box trap,” Porat said, referring to a door made from a slab-shaped rock.

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Story: Tia Ghose, Live Science | Photo: Beverly Joubert

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