I wrote last week about the squirrels in my eaves area. Well, like I said, Todd, the pest guru caught one in a live trap. We just couldn't entice the other adult into a trap for some reason. I was standing in my kitchen window the other day, and lo and behold, the other adult came out and was sitting on the downspout elbow in the corner right under the hole where the pesty things were getting in and out. I must admit, I own a BB pistol that runs on CO2 cartridges. I acquired this gun from my son many years ago. I have never used it. I knew it had BBs in it and I had a package of CO2 cartridges, but I wasn't too sure how to load them into the gun, but I went on line and learned. (I found printed instructions for this weapon online:amazing!) Well, I grabbed the gun and headed out the back door. Of course, when I got around to where the squirrel was sitting it was gone. I waited patiently around the corner of my outbuilding and watched the hole. In a while, the squirrel came slowly out and sat on the elbow again. I took off the safety, aimed and fired. Be damned! I hit the bugger on the first shot. It fell to the ground, and as I stood stupidly in awe, it crawled under the outbuilding right in front of me. I stepped out into the yard and could see it under the corner of the shed, so I laid down on the grass, too aim and thought I finished it off. Not wanting it to lay there and smell, I donned heavy leather gloves and reached under to pull it out only to have it crawl away from me farther under the shed. I hope the cats in the neighborhood dispose of it before it begins to smell.
Now, a week + later, the young have left the nest, disappeared and the eave is once more mine. The hole is covered, the traps are gone and the pest control bill is paid in full. I didn't owe him bounty on the one I "plugged." (To quote Todd, the pest guy!)
I am not promoting cruelty to animals, but I had to get rid of these pests before they chewed their way into my house or caused extensive damage to the roof and eaves. Do I feel guilty about shooting this animal? Maybe a little, but not enough to loose sleep over it. Our town is overrun with the things. They are a common nuisance around here like prairie dogs in the west. We just don't have a season for them.
That very evening, our local paper had an article reminding town citizens that discharge of any firearm in town is against the law! OMG! Did they see me! I think not!
Peace, (once again)