[NAFEX] OT: squirells, coytes and wolves, oh my.

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 5 11:29:26 EDT 2009

I agree with Lucky here. Squirrels are in no way, shape or form in any danger of dying out any time soon. The best place for them is in a stew pot. As far as re-introductions of wildlife, wolves are a very good idea. If you don't have wolves, you end up with coyotes. Personally, I think wolves are far less dangerous to domestic animals and are easily dissuaded by a good stock dog. Coyotes, on the other hand, will attack almost any livestock smaller than a cow, and aren't particularly impressed by the presence of a dog.

From: Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2009 4:16:01 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] offending squirrels in apricots

Dr. Lucky Pittman wrote:
> Jay, 
> I'm sure you're getting a warm, fuzzy feeling thinking that you've removed
> the 'offending' squirrels, yet not harmed them in any significant manner,
> but years of study indicates otherwise.  Wildlife biologists and various
> state departments of fish & wildlife have, for years, tried to educated
> people to the cold hard facts that relocation of wildlife - particularly
> non-threatened species, like squirrels, raccoons, deer, etc., is not a
> humane act - for the relocated animal, or for the established population
> you've now introduced the 'relocated' animal into - and it's actually
> illegal to do this in some states.  
> Do a search for 'wildlife relocation', and you'll find a wealth of info.
> Here's one for starters. http://icwdm.org/wildlife/euthanasia/relocation.asp
> Far better to rapidly dispatch the offending squirrels, etc., than to
> 'relocate' them. 
> I can provide some tasty squirrel recipes, if desired.
> Lucky Pittman

Just some comments, not trying to prove one point or the other.
I was reading the newspaper last evening and there was a article about 
nascence bears being a bigger problem this year, compared to past years. 
The local DEC's way of handling this is to live trap the bears, put a 
tag in their ear and relocate them away from town. If a tagged bear gets 
into trouble a 2nd time, they kill it.
Also, they like to reintroduce species here. Bringing in Lynx was an 
utter failure. Bringing in turkeys and eagles was a booming success. 
They wanted to try wolves but public opinion (mostly deer hunters who 
didn't want the competition) made them abandon the plan. I know that 
reintroduction is different from relocation because there is no 
established population to blend in with.

Steve in the Adirondacks
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