Information on working terriers, dogs, natural history, hunting, and the environment, with occasional political commentary as I see fit. This web log is associated with the Terrierman.com web site.
While I would love to do terrier pest control I first have to get a terrier. I love their work ethic. In the mean time I control pests the old fashioned way, with an air rifle. Germans, English and Swedish are most desirable. I prefer German because they are less nuanced but more powerful. English springers (spring powered) and PCP (pre-charged pneumatic - filled with scuba tank) are more nuanced. I just like to hammer rats and other vermin / varmints. Diana Model 56TH is my choice. When my Shar Pei passes on to her eternal reward I will begin my quest for a JRT. Until then, grab your pellets and get your gun because there are rats to be dispatched! I shop here: http://airgunsofarizona.com/
I bet that the rats can still breed faster than the Burmese can kill them one by one!
I don't know if I agree with this. The caption under the second photo on the news story read something like "this rat was served with beans and rice".What I see is a large group of people handling a large pile of bloody and potentially infectious rat tails. They were likely removed by hand, and it's highly unlikely that any of these men have hands free from cuts and sores (hell, I have dogs and birds and I don't think mine ever are).Surely there's got to be a better way? And why did these people need a bounty to kill these pests? We certainly didn't need a bounty on anything to kill a pest like this. We only bounty pests that been disney-ized. Deer, Coyote, Raccoon, etc.When the rats invade, these people don't eat. They understand the rats carry dangerous disease. Why haven't they used their ingenious at problem solving at solving this problem? Why don't they keep dogs around the fields? There's just GOT to be another solution than exposing the population to these issues in this fashion.It should also be pointed out that it appears that shortly after this plan was implemented, a hoard of plague infected rodents infected another part of Burma. The Bermese government denied the whole thing, and yet didn't even bother to mention anything in the local papers. Just curious is all. We all know you can't poke nature in one place and not expect her to react in another - sometimes not anywhere how near where we expect her to either.
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