legal ramifications in predator control

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Godsgrl, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    In my area I can do what I need to do if its to protect my animals, but I would still use a quiet method, if at all possible. I am not a criminal, but if I can avoid trouble, I will. Its just I didn't get all set up with coop knox to feed the local cats and dogd.
  3. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Now we know why there is a 3rd 'S' in the SSS option.... Ssssshhhhhh!!!!
  4. the funny farm6615

    the funny farm6615 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2010
    we had to shoot the neighbors dog last year for killing our baby goats. we felt REAL bad about it. when the neighbor pulled into the driveway the next day we thought that she was going to come unglued on us about it, and she actualy thanked my husband. she knew that he would need put down and she wouldnt have been able to have it done, then she gave us a check for the babys that he killed. we are in iowa and in our county, it is leagle to shoot and kill any animal that is a threat to livestock.
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:before folks do something like this they need to check laws concerning companion animals, wildlife is usually handled by dnr, game and fish etc, companion animals are generally handled by animal control. when in doubt create a paper trail,verify and document take lots of pictures and document actual replacement cost of stock and press charges against the animals owner causing the damage. in Va when it is shown to animal control an animal is causing damage to livestock it is the officers responsibility to destroy the animal causing the damage it works pretty good here.
  6. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Anyone can be charged with a crime. Have you ever heard the term "you might beat the time but you won't beat the ride"?

    The way the system is supposed to work is that the PROSECUTION HAS TO PROVE YOU GUILTY; you are not supposed to have to prove your innocense. Unfortunately, you need to hire a lawyer and spend money if you are accused. Always hire a lawyer if you are accused of a crime. Always. No exceptions.

    With that said, everybody has to do what they have to do. I'm not advocating breaking the law; find out what it is before you start caring for livestock. If you break the law, there may be a consequence. If you need to shoot a predator, legal or not, there may be a consequence. Know this and act wisely.
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Whether its legal or not (it is here) I tell the neighbors, in advance, what the consequences will be for letting their dog OR cat cross my fence line. This is not done in a confrontational manner. Just state the facts. Works pretty well for those who like their pets.
    On the occasions I've had to grudgingly shoot, its always SSS with emphasis on the last S. No matter that I did so legally.
  8. WyandotteTX

    WyandotteTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2010
    In the state of Texas if you have a posted NO TRESPASSING sign on your fence line anyone or anything that IS trespassing can be shot.

    Been on the wrong side of this situation before also. We had a very large, very beligerant bull jump onto the neighbors property and kill their bull. Next day had to write a check to replace theirs and load up the deer rifle and shoot ours. Sometimes you just have to take responsibility for your animals.
    You may ask why we didnt take that bull to the sale. Well, we had tried several times. He had always broken the lot to get out. We built a brand new one with telephone poles and 2x8s with hog panels around the bottom and barbed wire on the top. Had him in it, went to get the trailer, came back he had knocked the gate of its hinges and got out. Plus we were very concerned about the safety of anyone working at the sale bc this guy was just so stinkin mean.
    There is a reason we called him "Diablo" haha. His shoulders were above my head also and I am 6'1. Meanest animal I have ever met in my life.
  9. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where I live though it is I believe still legal to shoot dogs harassing your livestock, you would most likely be sued by the owners and sometimes they win. Out here we let animal control handle it.
  10. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Quote:It could be a situation like the small town I live in, where we don't have animal control. So you are on your own with a nuisance domestic animal. All the police will do is put you on the waiting list for a trap.

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