I recently started played Dwarf Fortress, and not knowing that it wouldn't catch normal animals I caught some vermin from the Kennel. Now I have some rats and stuff sitting around in an animal trap on a stockpile, and I want to get rid of them either just be gone to free up space or release them to do something.(Maybe someone wants a pet rat/hedgehog/roach?) I've been trying to, but I just can't figure out how to. Can anyone tell me how?

  • possible duplicate of How do you move caged beasts in Dwarf Fortress?
    – tzenes
    Aug 12, 2010 at 16:22
  • @tzenes agreed. the accepted answer to that question is what he needs to know. Aug 12, 2010 at 16:26
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    I already tried that, but it's an animal trap not a cage. I can't connect a lever to it, and I can't build it to take it off the stockpile either. Aug 12, 2010 at 16:33

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You can tame the small animal at the kennel, and then they can be used as pets. Some pets have a high value and can be used to make useless dwarves nobles happy.

To release the (now tame) animal use q to query the cage, a to assign, and then use enter to toggle the animal(s) currently inside (animals assigned to the cage will have a green + next to them). Any available dwarf will perform the job. (Source)

  • Yeah, I have them tamed, but I thought they couldn't be adopted as pets until they're released... Aug 12, 2010 at 22:25
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    @Ullallullo I corrected my answer, I thought taming automatically released them, but I see otherwise.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 12, 2010 at 22:55
  • Yep, thanks. I figured that out about the time of your edit when I was setting my jail up. Aug 12, 2010 at 23:39
  • Pet roach... make me happy to.
    – Russell
    Mar 21, 2012 at 9:14
  • So, I've got the exact same problem. A bunch of traps (NOT CAGES) with tame vermin in them. I still can't figure out how to get them out. I don't want to make them pets, I just want them out of those traps for reuse. Help?
    – slacy
    Aug 2, 2012 at 6:00

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