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Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

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ediblenapalmPosts: 95Joined: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:11 am

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The Finch Arboretum is being overrun by ground squirrels, and Spokane Parks and Recreation is bringing in some special artillery.

The agency is using a special machine called the Rodenator Pro to detonate some of the estimated 100 to 150 squirrels tearing up the grounds.

Shades of Carl Spackler, the gopher-hating groundskeeper from "Caddyshack."

The Rodenator Pro pumps propane and oxygen into the tunnels of squirrels, then sends an electric spark that causes an explosion.

The shock waves kill the squirrels and collapse their tunnels - but in a humane way, the agency said.

Spokanimal, which is the local animal shelter and Humane Society chapter, was caught by surprise by Monday's announcement.

"You're kidding," Director Gail Mackie said when she learned the news. "That borders on cruelty."

Mackie said she would investigate the practice.

The parks department is warning area residents that it plans to blast squirrels all week, and to not be alarmed by noises that sound like gun shots. Parks officials said police have already been called to the arboretum by people who heard the explosions.

Timing is crucial. Parks officials said they want to detonate their prey before the animals start reproducing.

Parks officials said ground squirrels have been a minor problem for years, but their population is, well, exploding.

The squirrels dig tunnels and holes that people can trip on or fall into, the agency said. They eat new tree roots, can spread disease and are spreading to neighboring yards.

Gas bombs were tried in the past, but were not effective, the agency said.

Enter the Rodenator, a product whose workings have been captured on numerous YouTube videos. The company is based in Midvale, Idaho, and promises on its Web site that its product is effective against the "saber-toothed gopher."


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Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:06 am
Aught3ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 4290Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:36 amLocation: New Zealand Gender: Male

Post Re: Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

Sounds like the thermite bombs used on tunneling combatants.
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Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:08 am
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ImprobableJoeLime TordUser avatarPosts: 6195Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:24 pm

Post Re: Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

I...ummm... don't approve?
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Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:14 am
Aught3ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 4290Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:36 amLocation: New Zealand Gender: Male

Post Re: Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

It would be pretty quick if the squirrels were caught in the blast or where hit by the shock-wave, but buried by the collapsing tunnel sounds like my worst nightmare.
Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking.
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:21 am
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GilgameshPosts: 3Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:19 pm

Post Re: Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

Blowing up animals with propane is humane?

Strange... I don't recall veterinarians offering a propane explosion euthanasia for pets...
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:50 pm
PuppetXenoPosts: 131Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:23 amLocation: out there

Post Re: Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

Not humane, but efficient pest control...
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:22 pm
orpiment99User avatarPosts: 127Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:31 am

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Spokane is trying to prove they can effectively deal with something after doing such a smashing job with all the snow this winter.
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Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:06 pm
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