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Pest control company charged with animal cruelty
MyWay ^ | May 23, 2009

Posted on 05/23/2009 7:35:33 AM PDT by Joiseydude

HAZLET, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a New Jersey pest control company has been charged with animal cruelty after a squirrel was found dead in a rooftop trap.

Chief Buddy Amato says a professional complex hired Critter Ridder to help get rid of the squirrel. He says a trap was set Wednesday for the animal, and no one returned to check on it.

Amato says the squirrel was found "cooked to death on the hot roof" Thursday afternoon.

Buck faces four counts of animal cruelty, including one that cites her for not providing the squirrel with adequate food, water and shelter.

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KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; pests; varmints; vermin
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To: Venturer
I had a mouse infestation a while back and took care of it with a couple of these:

You just bait the trap with peanut butter on a cracker. The mouse is zapped when he steps on the metal plate. There's a red light that flashes on top of the unit indicating that it has gone off - like the Ghostbusters ghost trap.

IMO, this is the most humane way to take care of the problem. The mouse is instantly dead and his last moments were spent thinking he was going to partake of a nice treat!

51 posted on 05/23/2009 9:19:13 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: martin_fierro

This guy must have a press agent, this is the second time he made the front page of the Asbury Park Press online in the last week.

About three days ago, he charged some guy with letting his girlfriend’s ferret loose.

Must be very slow in Monmouth County this week for this to be news.


52 posted on 05/23/2009 9:23:54 AM PDT by pineybill (`)
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To: Venturer

I love those traps.


53 posted on 05/23/2009 9:31:53 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: Joiseydude

OMGosh! Our heater wasn’t working quite right last fall, and the repairman found a long-deceased grinnie (chipmunk) in the exhaust vent. I hope that we aren’t prosecuted for not providing it adequate food and water.


54 posted on 05/23/2009 9:33:51 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Travis McGee
If the economy totally tanks, we’ll be stewing these critters for sure!

I know it, you've been forced to experience catch what you can but convincing the lifelong coddled makes me think of very bad things. You're always spinning what might happen from current and possible trends. Buy Matt's books here...

right now to understand what may easily happen! Order now and we'll throw in a few tears for our Forefathers' concept of our Constitution! We'll also throw in a prayer for your sorry asses at no extra cost to you. This is a limited time offer just like those that take that old gold off your hands and give you a ridiculous pittance. Act now or be the last idiot on your block to give up the most valuable resource you have!

Sorry - these commercials are driving me nuts because they justify P.T. Barnum (and the very basest elements of human nature) in this supposedly enlightened age. Apparently we're all supposed to be riding around on Medicaid-financed scooters on the taxpayers' collective backs while filing fraudulent grievance cases for make-believe accidents because lawyers are ready 24/7 to help you do that. AAAARRRRGH!!! You wrote of the harsher results of a cultural swirly but these merely annoying predecessors are freaking me out. We're in the "Disavow any personal responsibility and scam the government" phase while the next one is, what? Mass riots and amateur bombings from the nested upset being disenfranchised?

When you wrote in the first one about the leadership class insuring it protects and enriches itself before all else is a solid - though that was recognized by Karl Marx way back when. Seems to be worthy of a mathematical formula no matter one's ideology. We are fortunate, though, to be able to ask each other about such without fearing secret police crashing in on us for doing so and making us disappear.

We Americans, at this point in history, are still enjoying unprecedented freedoms compared to other societies historic and current despite forces constantly seeking to remove them. There is some unique and unidentifiable force at work covering our collective butts. I foolishly muse that the collective spirit of our citizens combined with the good wishes for us from those less fortunate around the world (and perhaps God Himself) tilts the balance.

Hope springs eternal and there's no big blue pill for the soul that makes that happen.

55 posted on 05/23/2009 9:33:57 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Daffynition
Tree kittens, ROFL.

You almost caused a disaster here when Hubby nearly died laughing at your tree kitten.


56 posted on 05/23/2009 9:35:38 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
"You almost caused a disaster here when Hubby nearly died laughing at your tree kitten."

Bull! ;-P


57 posted on 05/23/2009 9:40:53 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: dbreidenbach

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on the side of the vermin. But we have no call to torture them to death either. Just kill them as fast as possible, I say.

Getting slowly roasted in a trap is a horrible death. That’s just a fact. But punishing a human for the death of a squirrel in a trap is just plain silly regardless how the animal died.

Maybe next time she will not use humane traps that may cause the animal to suffer this way.


58 posted on 05/23/2009 9:42:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: org.whodat

“I actually removed the babies and took them to a shelter once.”

You’re sick!


59 posted on 05/23/2009 9:45:00 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Joiseydude

Considering what it cost me to replace some of the wiring in my attic, I hope the squirrel died a slow death.


60 posted on 05/23/2009 9:56:14 AM PDT by yazoo (Conservatives believe what they see. Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Venturer
Talk about animal cruelty how about those sticky paper mouse traps.

Those things are a PIT-A. Needle nose pliers...feet...It is sort of humorous tracking down the "phlip phlip phip" sound though. Normal snap traps are the way to go. Pry up the spine on the bait pan and rotate a peanut half, sort of drill it onto the spike. Lasts forever and they will never be able to steal it.

61 posted on 05/23/2009 10:15:28 AM PDT by Dosa26
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To: Joiseydude

Even the terrorist miscreants get better treatment at Gitmo, and we all know how evil that place is.

Critter Ridder is guilty of war crimes.


62 posted on 05/23/2009 10:39:38 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: dalereed

Don’t be so quick to judge, Dale. I knew a woman who rescued a squirrel baby, nursed it to squirrel maturity and he was her slave in devotion. You could actually see the love he had for her in his little beady eyes. His willingness and attempts to do what his mistress wanted so reflected reality between men and women that it nearly convinced me that men are here merely to be the pets of womankind.

Nearly or are we? The mystery continues. Now that I think on it the male friends I have who are married or committed refuse to talk about this. Hmmm. Another day I dismiss asking “scamdate” to hook me up.

And I thank that squirrel for another day of being free of the cage and an obligatory session on the exercise wheel.

Studies say I’m wrong - married men live longer. Maybe they’re being fed better kibble to perpetuate their productive existences to max out benefits for the survivors. I DO know the older folks get the more mercenary their purposes. Get that bun in the oven, secure or latch onto somone else’s assets or just plain kill their mate in a disingenuous way for a profit.

That’s not cynical. This is what the very wealthy have to consider because of the lure of wealth. That’s a curse I’m glad to not have to deal with. The wealthy always have to doubt those around them while never being secure in their minds. I know of a case myself who cut me low yet I feel sorrier for him for misjudging. That’s on him.

On the good foot had he passed on and I’d been dealing with with his wife I might have been outrightly killed by accident. There’s the gender difference.


63 posted on 05/23/2009 10:44:33 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Joiseydude

Our entire world is maddeningly, relentlessly going insane.


64 posted on 05/23/2009 10:45:55 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Knute; Travis McGee

Deal sometime with the damage that a squirrel or raccoon can do in an attic. You will become an advocate for the total worldwide eradication of the species!

Ditto!!! They are in the walls of the condo where I live and are chewing electrical wires! That fact makes relaxing to go to sleep at night an act of Faith!


65 posted on 05/23/2009 10:47:20 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: TheOldLady; Travis McGee

I wonder if the 15000 French old people who died in the August heat wave a few years ago, suffered of if they just “went to sleep” as the heat dehydration overtook them?

I wonder how many people were prosecuted for abandoning these old human beings?


66 posted on 05/23/2009 10:55:05 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Joiseydude

“Amato says the squirrel was found “cooked to death on the hot roof” Thursday afternoon.

Aborting 8 month old babies is ok however.


67 posted on 05/23/2009 10:58:02 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: Travis McGee

During my career working for line utility companies more than once I launched squirrels and other such species into orbit. Catch one mid-span on a cable , hit said cable with line wrench,see animal in orbit. LOL


68 posted on 05/23/2009 11:15:49 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (My Tee shirt for 2009-2012:" I voted FRED don't you wish you did")
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To: Slimey

Taste like chicken? Nope. But very good. I eat 3 or 4 fox squirrels each year. Love them.

I “set free” a free roaming cat that ate lunch, a can of tuna, in my Have-a-heart. So it did have a last supper.


69 posted on 05/23/2009 12:21:06 PM PDT by Rannug
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To: dalereed

All babies are nice!!!! Except for the cold bloodied type! That means you would be left out!!!


70 posted on 05/23/2009 1:23:02 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Nice guys run last!


71 posted on 05/23/2009 1:36:16 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Daffynition
"Bull! ;-P"

LOL! Indeed.

72 posted on 05/23/2009 1:38:31 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Joiseydude
Buck faces four counts of animal cruelty, including one that cites her for not providing the squirrel with adequate food, water and shelter.

Of course she does. < facepalm > Does this mean mousetraps are illegal now? Or just that any trap has to have internet connectivity so you can go give the varmint its last rites before you kill it?

73 posted on 05/23/2009 1:38:54 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Pinkbell
What a terrible death.

Are you serious?

74 posted on 05/23/2009 1:40:16 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: maica
Death by heat prostration is a hard way to go, no doubt about it, but what is your point? We're talking about squirrels here in America, not the unfortunate elderly in France. We can tsk-tsk over them, but we have absolutely no power to help those still living or to do anything about their deaths. That is up to the French people, non?

As for this issue, I already said that humans should not be punished for the death, even the death by torture as in this case, of vermin, especially since it was accidental. And if you read the last sentence in my post, you know that I recommend instant-death traps for such creatures so that slow and painful death in a "humane" trap is prevented.

75 posted on 05/23/2009 1:49:03 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

RE: What is your point?

I cannot think that dying from heat is as bad for a squirrel as it must have been for the elderly abandoned French folks.

They all died from not having anyone check on them.
Who even remembers the abandoned French people? Or even the elderly in Chicago who died alone in their homes in a heat wave years ago.

Yet a freaky ‘animal’ rights activist will cause major damage to the business, bank account and life of the person who set the trap.


76 posted on 05/23/2009 2:00:15 PM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Jean S

Absolutely.


77 posted on 05/23/2009 2:06:23 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell

Interesting. So, do you agree this firm should be prosecuted?

It will cost them thousands of dollars to defend themselves over abuse of a squirrel and probably put them out of business.

That’s insane.


78 posted on 05/23/2009 2:10:17 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

She shouldn’t have assumed her customers would call. It was a rooftop trap, so how would they know when the squirrel was caught? It doesn’t sound intentional to me, so I don’t think prosecution is necessary. I think she ought to just be more cautious in the future.


79 posted on 05/23/2009 2:22:01 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell
I have nothing against catching them in a trap. My problem is with them not checking the trap and allowing the squirrel to roast to death.

If you use the right kind of trap that's not a problem.

I grew up in northern Wisconsin and my family owned a resort on a lake. One of our cabins was chosen by a family of squirrels as a prime winter haven. I put rat bait on a small plate and stuck it up in the porch rafters. Next day, no bait left so I set out some more. It took a couple of days to figure out that they were salting it away for winter forage.

Plan "B" was the old fashioned rat-trap, baited with peanut butter. Got them all within a week.

Regards,
GtG

PS It works best if you tie a small loop of string around the trigger paddle before adding the PB. That's to catch the nervous types that just nibble a little. Their teeth catch in the string and trigger the trap.

80 posted on 05/23/2009 2:39:00 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: maica; Knute; Travis McGee
Deal sometime with the damage that a squirrel or raccoon can do in an attic. You will become an advocate for the total worldwide eradication of the species!

Ditto!!! They are in the walls of the condo where I live and are chewing electrical wires! That fact makes relaxing to go to sleep at night an act of Faith!


I wouldn’t go as fair as to be an advocate for “the total worldwide eradication of the species”; in nature squirrels do play their role, but my old house got infested by squirrels.

The chewed their way threw the eves and got into my attic. They destroyed the insulation and made nests in it, got into boxes of papers and books and pictures and clothes I had stored there, shredding the boxes and destroying and pissing and crapping on everything and then started chewing on the electrical wires. Not to mention the racket they made as they got into the walls and underneath the floor boards.

A neighbor recommended to me a professional animal trapper. He was a real good ole boy. Good guy but very “country” if you catch my drift. His name was Lester and I jokingly named him “Lester The Squirrel Molester”. Any way he set several “humane” traps baited with peanuts and peanut butter and came back every day to check on the traps.

This went on for almost two weeks until all the squirrels had been trapped. He went out of his way several times to explain to me that he took the still live squirrels out to the country and set them free. One day I told Lester, “I may live in the city but I’m not stupid. Quite frankly I don’t care what you do to the squirrels once you remove them from my house. You can stew them or use them for target practice. I don’t really care”.

He sort of laughed and said nothing more. Lester became my absolute hero when he removed a dead and rotting possum that got into the crawl space underneath my kitchen.

I’m not advocating animal cruelty. I wouldn’t go out of my way to inflict pain and suffering on any animal without cause but vermin is vermin. I have no remorse over killing ants, flies, cockroaches, bees, mice or squirrels that get into my house.
81 posted on 05/23/2009 2:44:18 PM PDT by Caramelgal (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Caramelgal

Once squirrels have found a nice warm cozy home in a house, and they are trapped humanely and taken to a park to be released, they have amazing homing instincts! about like those emotional Disney animals who can travel long distances to get home.

Your trapper knew this of course, and ‘protected’ you from their return.


82 posted on 05/23/2009 3:10:21 PM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Pinkbell

It costs money to go up and check the traps repeatedly. Maybe next time the traps used won’t be “humane” and will instead kill the animal immediately. It would be better all the way around, the animal wouldn’t suffer, and the homeowner wouldn’t suffer damage.


83 posted on 05/23/2009 3:59:26 PM PDT by dbreidenbach
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To: TurtleUp
How many times per day do these people think traps should be checked?

I say BS to the charge. I caught a squirrel a couple years ago somewhere between 7:00 a.m. and noon and it was dead in the trap when I checked it. FWIW, the trap was in the shade........

I suspect it died of a heart attack which is just as well since I didn't have to put it down myself.........

84 posted on 05/23/2009 4:09:14 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun in an Indy car....)
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To: Joiseydude

I hope the guy gets a BIG fine. There is no excuse for allowing a animal to die slowly in a live trap. It is needlessly cruel and I hope he gets stuck with a big enough fine that he learns his lesson.

I understand that animals sometimes have to be removed and/or killed. There is no reason to make it a slow and painful death, however.


85 posted on 05/23/2009 5:40:48 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: goldfinch

We’re talking about vermin here. The trapper’s only mistake was using a humane trap. She should have set a kill trap.

I agree with you completely that we should not torture anything to death.

Animals are animals, and they’re not doing what they do to annoy you but to live their lives as instinct directs them. Being pleased that their seeming mischief is out of your life for good is all right. Taking pleasure in their painful death is not.


86 posted on 05/23/2009 7:18:08 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: maica

There will probably be a greater penalty for roasting granny in an un-airconditioned apartment (as in Paris) than for roasting a squirrel.


87 posted on 05/23/2009 8:02:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Was anyone penalized? or did it result in just a giant Gallic shrug?


88 posted on 05/23/2009 8:40:37 PM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: maica

I don’t know, but I’d guess the bureaucrats were secretly and quietly pleased.

Quite a cost saving for the state.


89 posted on 05/23/2009 8:51:46 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TheOldLady

A lot of the sparks on this thread are being thrown because of Political Correctness (the biggest pest of all). “Humane” traps are actually cruel and kill traps are the most humane. Real life Orwellian.

Only in the last 70 years have most Americans been detached from the distasteful necessities that their lifestyles require as technology allowed a separation between producers and consumers.

“Here Bitsy - take this here knife and send old Porky to heaven so our family may honor his bountiful sacrifice.” That used to be a lesson; not a horror story.


90 posted on 05/24/2009 12:13:27 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (yes, I am crazier than a loon.)
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To: Travis McGee

I agree with you.


91 posted on 05/24/2009 5:16:12 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Landru

He should’ve waterborded that squirell.
-then they couldn’t complain he didn’t provide it with adequate water. ;^)


92 posted on 05/24/2009 7:18:09 AM PDT by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: Pinkbell

You certainly wouldn’t like my “Free Swimming Lessons for Chipmunks” plan in effect at the BraveMan abode . . .


93 posted on 05/24/2009 7:31:56 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: FBD
Then the wily little bastard took the board and...

surfingsquirrel

94 posted on 05/24/2009 7:42:02 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Joiseydude
Buck faces four counts of animal cruelty, including one that cites her for not providing the squirrel with adequate food, water and shelter.

Bet the greedy squirrel feasted like a king over the winter at the expense of the little birdies who were left with empty feeders.

The poor birds starved to death in the cold and then the squirrel perp fried in the heat. I'd say justice was served.

95 posted on 05/24/2009 7:44:58 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Exactly.


96 posted on 05/24/2009 8:37:25 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: BraveMan

Is that the bucket pool and sunflower seed lesson?

That’s a mean one because the animal struggles to exhaustion before drowning. Drowning is quick, but being left in water with no rest and no escape is a toughy. Maybe it beats being eaten alive by a raccoon, but it’s slower. Not sure...

Can’t you just use a trap that kills them outright?

BTW, if you’re annoyed enough with them to eliminate them, I have plenty of sympathy for you about all the damage they’ve done to your environs.


97 posted on 05/24/2009 8:52:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

LOL. You understand where those who foolishly feed bears do not. Compassion and common sense are separate things that have to be discerned. I love animals probably more than our fellow humans yet recognize we can’t put them above ourselves like PETA does. I’m with Roy where he said don’t kill the tiger but that didn’t mean tigers aren’t dangerous.

Raccoons are dangerous having such a high rate of rabies and are proliferous. Fire at will and good luck hitting the fast SOBs. Shotgun when it’s where you don’t mind things being destroyed behind.


98 posted on 05/24/2009 10:25:31 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus

ha! -yeah, Ive seen that little water skiing squirrel.
-Pretty funny stuff.


99 posted on 05/25/2009 8:28:13 AM PDT by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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