Any Rural Bb Folks Trappin' Varmints??

  1. Such as raccoons, skunks, and possums, and feral cats?

    My sister-in-law mentioned at work that they had trapped a very large possum ... estimated it weighed about 16 pounds. She mentioned one of the neighbors drowns them "all the time".
    It seems her co-workers were aghast at such a practice and thought it was cruel and heartless and a lot of other stuff, and also illegal.

    SIL said there are two kinds of pheasants where they live that are on the endangered list and the possums are pigging out on pheasant chicks and eggs.

    Also, city dwellers catch & drop off possums and also abandon their cats in the country .... she says.

    So, it seems to be business as usual at her house. I am
    curious about you folks out in Colorado, and Wisconsin and Michigan , and New Mexico.....and "out past the city limits"...what's your opinions on trapping these "nuisance creatures"......and drowning or shooting them?

    AND, my SIL says "no use transporting them some place else...they multiply like rabbits, and there's too many accidents caused by people swerving to miss running over them. When you relocate them, you're just throwin' your trouble off on someone else."

    So............................?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    If we get any "visitors" mostly we let them live and go about their business. However, if they get into my henhouse or try to kill my rabbits then I get after them with the .22.
    Generally we follow the rule (and I teach my kids this) that we only kill what we intend to eat but I will take care of my animals be it coyote, lion, bobcat or a stray dog.
    We hunt for meat. Deer, elk, turkey,rabbit etc. but also will shoot to protect our livestock.
    -Russell
  4. by   boggle
    I don't mind sharing our peaceful acres with the critters as long as they are not too destructive.

    They bit holes in several of my first tomatoes of the season, and usually tear up a pumpkin or two. They get about half of the sweet corn too. (and most of the cat food)

    You wouldn't believe the MESS the raccoons leave .....latest "present" they left was a pile of droppings on the picnic table....what a lovely centerpiece. Of course being a good nurse I noticed they were getting plenty of berries their diet.

    The assorted piles they leave on the tool bench and on the tools in the pole barn are maddening.

    Seems their population is kept in check by the cars on our road. When they get to be too much, it's time for the 22! If raccoon rabies increases in this area, we definitely will shoot any that hang around.

    The woodchucks are another matter alltogether!! They destroy huge areas of crops and burrow all over the fields. The collapsing burrows have caused broken wheels on some of the field equipment. We can't afford woodchucks. Those we hunt. There just aren't any natural preditors here.

    I hate killing the critters, but that's sometimes the reality of country life.
    Last edit by boggle on Sep 19, '02
  5. by   prn nurse
    Rusty, you & Boggle sound so 1800's 'ish !

    And Boggle, I know what you mean about poop... I had the unfortunate experience of being in the vicinity of some

    possum excrement ! WOW !!

    And I thought house cats were smelly !

    If all wild critters have such geo-awful leavin's , it is no trick at all that the Indians were able to track them !!

    You'd be able to smell them a mile away, heck with looking for tracks.

    So, what did you think about the semi-rural folks drownin and shootin the possums?
  6. by   Glad2behere
    Well shux, got two of em darn skunk critters las' nite messin wit' my ducks. Ol 12 gage kinda does the trick evr' time. Stunk purty good this time oh, had to keep my stupit hound away. I say "Darn dog! Wuss wrong witcha nose" Dumb hound, I knew he kudn't see, cept out one eye, didn't know he kudn't smell sumpin' like a 2 skunks..still barks good dough, 'ats how I knew em varmits wuzz out thar.

    We have to shoot them out in the country...too many reports of rabid rodents.
  7. by   bagladyrn
    A fellow nurse friend of mine had a skunk residing under her house. She called animal control and got one of the traps that prevents them from raising their tail (and therefore from spraying)
    When the skunk was trapped, she called animal control, who told her - sorry you're on your own - we only supply the traps. Being soft hearted, no way was she going to kill the skunk, so her dilemma was how to release the by now very annoyed skunk without being on the receiving end of a blast.
    Finally, she went and got a Xanax, put it in some hamburger, and pushed it into the cage with a stick. She waited til the skunk was asleep, took it up on the mountain and dumped it out. Of course, then worrying about the defenseless sedated skunk, she sat in her car until he woke and waddled off. I'm not sure if she ever told animal control where to find their trap.
  8. by   prn nurse
    What a clever idea, xanaxing the skunk.!
    I think I would have dropped skunk and trap off a bridge someplace....and paid animal control for their trap.
  9. by   prn nurse
    Glad2B: LOL You out beyond the city limits wit a one-eyed olfactory - challenged huntin hound??

    Your Elmer Fudd is funny. And a 12 gauge! Guess that gets them !! Doesn't the 12 gauge scare the ducks senseless?
  10. by   cactus wren
    We cleared out most of those smelly kitties a few years ago, was a lot of rabies at the time. Still get a whiffon the wind every so often, so I know there are still some left.My main varmits are Javelina( wild piggy type), cute,ugly critters, they can make quite a mess of gardens, do lave bulbs , so have given up on ever having any tulips. And am currently quite mad at my furry kids, can`t convince them that gophers are in the lawn for their enjoyment..... And have a couple of herb loving( especially basil,go figure)Jackrabbits, the biggest jacks I have evr seen in my life !!! And of course usually get 2 or 3 rattlers in yard every year, unless the g-kids are visiting, I usually leave them be. Anything that eats mice are good as far as I`m concerned.
  11. by   CATHYW
    originally posted by boggle
    i don't mind sharing our peaceful acres with the critters as long as they are not too destructive.

    they bit holes in several of my first tomatoes of the season, and usually tear up a pumpkin or two. they get about half of the sweet corn too. (and most of the cat food)

    you wouldn't believe the mess the raccoons leave .....latest "present" they left was a pile of droppings on the picnic table....what a lovely centerpiece. of course being a good nurse i noticed they were getting plenty of berries their diet.

    the assorted piles they leave on the tool bench and on the tools in the pole barn are maddening.

    seems their population is kept in check by the cars on our road. when they get to be too much, it's time for the 22! if raccoon rabies increases in this area, we definitely will shoot any that hang around.

    the woodchucks are another matter alltogether!! they destroy huge areas of crops and burrow all over the fields. the collapsing burrows have caused broken wheels on some of the field equipment. we can't afford woodchucks. those we hunt. there just aren't any natural preditors here.

    i hate killing the critters, but that's sometimes the reality of country life.

    that is the way we do it, too. unless something becomes pesky, we live and let live, or let the traffic out on the highway take care of it. like rusty, we do hunt deer and turkey.
  12. by   Glad2behere
    Yeppers Prn,

    One a dem joymen shepperts, had her a long time. Her name is "Gotcha", keeps a good eye on the place. If she starts raising cane I know for sure something is up. She lost an eye about 4 years ago fighting a boar racoon. When she got to the point where she couldn't pick out the brussel sprouts in her dinner I knew she was losing it.

    The ducks do what ducks do .....Duck!!!

    I think they have their own little group therapy sessions though. What is funny is to come home from work and see 4 or 5 of them sitting on top of and around Gotcha. She only exerts her authority when they get into her food tray....then the normal family arguments ensue!
  13. by   Sleepyeyes
    Only time I ever had to shoot a critter was when, in the middle of a Nor'easter that dumped something like 20 inches in 4 hours, I see my poor chickens clambering outta the henhouse. A skunk had decided to make himself to home for the duration of the storm.
    No choice that day. Poor critter. However, my Rhodies were eternally grateful.

    The next spring, we had a merry day of fun when we discovered that a beautiful white ermine had gotten into the house == and wanted to play.
    Took us about 10 hours to trap it. Happily, we were able to relocate it. Wish I'da had a camera, though. Just watching it was fascinating.
  14. by   MollyMo
    My friend is having a problem with wild pigs tearing up her garden. She has undeveloped property behind her house. When they're not in the woods, they're digging up her yard. It's a momma and babies. One of the guys at work is hunting them with a bow and arrow. I can't feel too bad for the pigs when I think about what could happen to my friend and her husband and kids if they come across momma or her babies in the yard unexpectedly.

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