Yesterday we heard a dog barking in distress, not far from the house. Saffy and I went to investigate and discovered a pair of hunting dogs about 100 metres away. One of the dogs was caught in a head-noose wire trap, used by hunters to catch foxes. A Moroccan friend who had been tending his vines nearby soon arrived and the dog was released. The traps are set on known fox runs among the scrub, staked to the ground, with the noose set at fox-head height. The fox is trapped but not killed, because there is a stop on the noose to prevent it overtightening around the neck.