Ridding yourself of predators

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TxChiknRanchers, Oct 6, 2007.

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  1. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Well I've seen a lot of discussion here about predators.

    Some want to trap and relocate.
    Bad idea thats just a problem for someone else.

    Some want to trap and drown, poison and torture or teach them a lesson so to speak. (Oh yes I've seen it on this site)
    Bad idea with the exception of dogs and ferrets and weasels and the like, most predators are just trying to make a living. They do not understand your logic and will not appreciate the lesson. They will be back as long as there is food available.

    Some want to trap and turn the culprits over to the animal control in their area.
    If you cannot handle the problem this may be the most humane and easiest way. Check to see how they deal with pests. you may find it interesting.

    Some want to handle the problem themselves with the use of firearms. Yes, I include myself in this catagory, but that is not what this is all about. Sometimes especially for you city dwellers, felons and aliens this is not an option. (I am not casting dispersions on anyone) Unless you have the (and I stress this) ability , this may be a nasty mess with screaming and torment, and animals crawling off to die a painfull death. But after reading some of the "get even posts", Sometimes I feel that is the point . Sorry I regress.
    Find someone in your neighborhood that can handle a firearm, they are there believe me, they do not advertise but will be glad to help if asked.
    Someone trained in the use of a rifle or pistol or even a shotgun is like a Vet with an injection. The animal will not even hear the shot that puts them away. And will not feel anymore pain than the needle that does the same thing. I know that this is not going to be universally accepted but it is a fact and if you think I am full of it ask someone you trust. Preferably not a anti-gun advocate. Firearms are what made this country a safe place to live and are what will keep it that way until Somthing better comes along.

    Again I stress this is not for everyone. and I understand that for some it is scary and distastefull just as poisoning and drowning animals in a cage is for me.

    So trap em if you must, rant if it makes you feel better, and give them to someone who can humanely dispose of them but please no torture ! That should be reserved for "people" that kill innocent non combatants for political or religious reasons. At least they will understand why.

    Ok I'm all done now, no need to respond,(respond if you must I can take it) I did not post this thread for a response other than to make someone think.

    RCG not Mrs G
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2007
  2. pricem11

    pricem11 Songster

    Aug 14, 2007
    Pittsboro, NC
    Just want to introduce one thought I'm not sure you had; I'm certainly not trying to start a heated debate of any sort. I don't think anyone is advocating finding the most vengeful, painful, torturous way of disposing of a predator. I can at least say I certainly wasn't. However, in some areas of the country, and certainly many areas of the world, guns and skill in using them are not as common as they may be where you live.

    I agree that trapping and releasing potentially dumps the problem on someone else.

    I recommended drowning in the trap because it seemed the quickest way to dispose of the predator without endangering someone who doesn't have access to guns or has a healthy fear of guns, rabies and other horrors, etc.

    In retrospect, the MOST responsible thing to do would be to trap the animal live and then call animal control to come and pick it up. Granted, animal control programs differ in quality from place to place as well.

    I'm sorry if I offended you or anyone else. I was attempting to offer advice for a solution that would be 'humane' from the most utilitarian point of view--for the predator, the animals being predated, and the people involved. Clearly, it isn't immediately obvious what to do in this instances, as options vary from place to place and people to people.

  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Since the original poster said he did not wish to have any responses, I will lock this before it degenerates into something ugly.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
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