the bucket was a typical 5gallon bucket( you'all have seen them at homedespot), and was fitted with a screw on lid ( not considered air tite, but close to) I even looked at the t.h. trash container as well as the "goodwill" can. I suspect, if it were an animal there would be plastic bits from the trash bag left from the attempt. thanks Aimless but at this point, I've given this more thought than the impact on me would rate. going forward I refuse to let this dampen my enthusiasm. my posting was more of a "head's up" for others wondering about this tactic. myself I will use it again- only be more selective in it's placement.