[NAFEX] Re: [NAFEX]Groundhogs/ Relocating wildlife
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 30 18:52:36 EDT 2002
I have seen that groundhogs are suckers for "connabear" [sp.?] traps.
Depending, of course on your local rules & regs. And I hear they are decent
eating, depending on the time of year & your hunger level.
Tanis Cuff, sc WI
>From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
>Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] Relocating wildlife
>Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 15:48:40 -0500
>At 11:29 AM 08/30/2002 -0400, Gordon wrote:
>>I disagree on the relocation of wild animals from your place to someone
>>else place so that they can share in your problems that you are trying to
>Most wildlife biologists and state Fish & Wildlife personnel are
>diametrically opposed to 'relocating' wildlife - at least those that are
>not considered to be 'threatened' or 'endangered' species. In some states,
>it is even illegal to do so.
>I understand that many people are uncomfortable with trapping and killing
>vermin such as squirrels, groundhogs, and the like, and think that they are
>being 'humane' by simply taking them to a remote location and releasing
>However, it may not be so humane as they'd like to think - but at least
>they don't die in their sight, or directly at their hands.
>Relocated animals have to search out food sources in their 'new'
>surroundings - if this is a species that caches food for the winter, like
>chipmunks, relocation, particularly in fall or early winter, is a veritable
>Relocated animals also have to search out nesting/sleeping shelter in their
>new surroundings, which may be difficult, depending on time of year.
>If the area they are relocated to is already at peak carrying capacity for
>that species, either the located animal is going to die a slow death due to
>starvation & exposure, or one of the previous residents is going to be
>displaced and die.
>Relocating animals can spread diseases that may impact wildlife and humans
>alike. Take the raccoon rabies epidemic which has swept up the eastern
>seaboard, for example. Raccoons relocated from south GA or FL to W.VA
>carried the raccoon strain of the rabies virus with them, and it has spread
>like wildfire up the east coast and is now sweeping west across PA & OH.
>All in all, it's much better to terminate such garden/orchard pests in a
>rapid, humane manner than to relocate them - whether to a remote,
>uninhabited area, or to a spot where they may be a nuisance to someone
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