Tuesday, April 14, 2009

City wants to blow up squirrels

See this beautiful squirrel?

You've probably seen these little mammals climbing trees and gripping acorns in their front paws.

Most people can't imagine killing a squirrel just for expediency.

But the parks department in Spokane, Washington, isn't most people.
The John A. Finch Arboretum is the home of about 100 to 150 squirrels. But now the parks bureaucrats are complaining that the small animals are damaging the grounds of the arboretum.

The city sets up a tree collection and expects squirrels not to take interest in it? By nature, squirrels climb trees. That's what they do. And there really aren't even very many squirrels at this arboretum.

So the parks department is using something called a Rodenator Pro. This machine fills squirrels' tunnels with propane and oxygen, creating an explosion that kills the animals and demolishes the tunnels.

Whoever thought of this must have been one of those kids you knew growing up who fed lit firecrackers to frogs and blew them apart. (Bush did this as a youngster.)

Despite the park department's claims, their plan couldn't possibly be humane.

If the parks department know-it-alls were interested in being humane, why not catch the squirrels and move them somewhere else? Because that would make too much sense.

In the struggle between expediency and nature, the Spokane parks department is on the wrong side.

(Source: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_041309WAB-AP-spokane-blow-up-squirrels-JM.d0432652.html)

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