Fine print: Squirrels are game animals and, if taken out of season (usually
around February), you could be in big trouble.
This works to your advantage if squirrels get in your attic and gnaw up your
wiring. Most insurance won't cover damage due to vermin, but since you can't
ISTR almost all 'in season' laws include a loophole for pest animals,
especially if they are putting humans in danger. I highly doubt the cops
would care, unless you were obviously setting up a trap to harvest meat.
Farmers usually get no grief for killing animals that keep breaking
their fences, devastating their crops, or killing their livestock.
(unless it is a federal protected species, of course...)
Depends on the animal and where it is. Bald eagles and gopher tortoise
take an act of congress and have delayed many construction projects in
FL. Having vultures crapping all over your house is not excuse to kill
them. OTOH, folks invite all kinds of problems with leaving food sources
for wild animals.....neighborhoods that go to war over feeding wild
birds, etc. Heron and egrets can spot a fishing pole from a mile away
and show up before we get bait on the hook, ready for handouts. I had a
seagull swipe a hot dog from the bun in my hand at the beach one day -
didn't see it coming. They grabbed a cookie from my grandsons hand,
without touching him.
Go to any waterfront park, and get out of the car with a breadbag in
your hand. Ducks or gulls, depending on locale, will swarm you before
you get to water's edge. As soon as the bread stops coming, they show
you their backside, and either move on to next newcomer, or go back to
what they are doing and ignore you. Kinda sad, really. Almost like
watching the goats or whatever at a petting zoo, fight for space on the
little ramp up to the Rube Goldberg food dispenser where people put in a
token, or dump the little cup of feed they bought from the attendant.
Yeah, they learn quick, just like squirrels and 'squirrel-proof' bird
on 6/16/2009 11:57 AM (ET) Bert Byfield wrote the following:
Raccoons are very intelligent and have articulate paws. I had a friend
that had a chicken coop with an enclosure, including the top. The
raccoons learned how to unhook the hasp and staple secured doors.
_Baby Raccoons Get Stuck in Vending Machine_
.."Residents were shocked by the sight and tried to coax the masked
critters out of the machine, but needed some expert help.
So they called a local resident known for helping get animals out of
They so called "Skunk Whisperer", Ned Bruha, who came to the rescue.."
I never gave raccoons much thought until one night I heard something
in our ceiling and went outside the next day to find they had dug out
two large holes in the roof. It cost me a couple of hundred bucks to
fix that. Raccoons can be very destructive in the right situation.
"Tomchak came home to find rugs torn up, walls ripped down, electricity cut,
trees chopped, and nobody taking responsibility....Tomchak says the
demolition of the home was supposed to be even worse, including one scene
where a ... chainsaw ..."
They will tend to destroy. We had one in the back yard. The animal was
biting at our wood siding on the house. It must have given up because the
next place we found them was under the shed.
We finally called a professional since there were 6 holes from woodchucks
as well as raccoons. The guy said they were all the biggest 'chucks and
'coons he's ever seen.
I don't know the procedure if you have babies under there.
She live in a Northern Suburb? We have a couple in our area, too. A
family of about 5-6 deer wander through a couple times a month. And
there are too many squirrels and chipmunks to count. Did I mention the
11 birds nests?
"I found what I thought was a REALLY good book,
called _Girl to Grab_. Imagine my surprise when I found
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