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Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem
  • From: "Bryant, Harry E." <HEBryant@scj.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 07:42:38 -0500

Re: the ground hog problem.
http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page502.html  claims ROPEL will
drive the buggars away.  I have no experience with them personally.  I
probably have relatives in Kentucky that would say the make a good stew, but
these are the same ones that eat squirrel brains and road kill.  8 )
Harry Bryant


From: aroid-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:aroid-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
Behalf Of Julius Boos
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2004 4:09 PM
To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

>From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce@myjaring.net> 
>Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu 
>To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu> 
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem 
>Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2004 14:02:37 +0800 

Dear Pete and all,

You will never know how close I was to writing a letter in the same vien as
yours, Pete!   Woodchucks USED to be hunted as 'varmints' (shot and killed
as distructive pests, not eaten afterward) years ago, I don`t know if this
continues.   I was told not to handle a dead one years ago in New Jersey, I
was told that their fleas were possible carries of plague.   For
'humanitarian' reasons folks here in most of the USA just are NOT inclined
to take these hard but necessary steps to control any animal population that
is out of control (I don`t believe woodchucks fall into this catogory as
they are just exploiting a too-readily available food/housing source).
Here in Florida the introduced muscovy ducks are a major pest, as far as I
know NOT protected as they are not native and take over native duck habitat,
yet if a 'crazy' W. Indian catches one and humanely slaughters and eats it,
there is one hell of an outcry in the newspaper! s, and the 'wildlife
authorites' make the eaters life miserable (no 'offical' charges can be
filed, but it is possible to be charged w/ 'animal curelty') for a few weeks
so that he/she is not prone to capture/kill/eat another duck, manure-covered
patios/lawns be dammed!    On another 'case' I was approached by someone
from a very prominent Botanical Garden a couple yeras ago, she complained
that the introduced common green iguanas (escapees or animals released from
owners when they become too large or agressive after being bought as a
'pet') had bred to the point that there was a huge population living on the
grounds of this garden and damaging/destroying the rare plants and trees,
they could be seen 'grazing' in numbers on theplants and lawns during the
day!    When I suggested hiring a few gardeners born in the Islands and
letting them deal w/ this problem by descretely using nooses to capture
these introduced pests, I was ask! ed what the gardeners would do w/ them,
when I told her that iguana wa s a delicacy ("green fowl' in Trinidad, rare
in other Islands also!!) she was HORRIFIED and nixed the idea.   I then
advised her to get accostomed to a drastically reduced number of rare plants
at the garden and perhaps advertize her tame iguanas as an attraction to
visitors, as the iguanas were breeding in droves w/ no predators to control
their numbers. 

Oh well, I guess that is life in the 'big city'.


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