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Mobuck

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The first badger I can remember seeing was when I was about 10 years old. Dad had cornered it against a hog wire fence and clubbed it with a jack handle. Car jack handle is maybe 15-18" long which is considerably closer than was prudent. Dad was pretty "feisty" back then and it worked at least once.
A decade later, my soon to be Father in law commented that he had a groundhog digging in an old pit silo behind his barn. I made a somewhat clumsy leghold trap set in front of the excavation one morning and when I checked in the evening the trap had disappeared into a large crater but the chain was still visibly attached to the 3/8" rebar stake. I wasn't all that concerned about a FTF with a groundhog so I just hooked the trap chain with the 3/8" rebar trap hook I carried to retrieve water sets. One good tug and I was confronted by a VERY irate badger. It hit the end of the trap chain about 3" from my boot toes. Like the young buck in the video, I had an image to uphold so only took one step back and crowned the badger with the trap hook. End of story, time for lemonade.
 

Mobuck

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"Badgers have to live too, so, let the critter be!"
Sorry, but NOT in the middle of a farm field. Cows and horses walking around in the dark or after a snowfall can easily step in the holes. Ain't no badger worth the price of a cow and a dozen wouldn't cover the loss of good horse.
 

Snake Pleskin

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"Badgers have to live too, so, let the critter be!"
Sorry, but NOT in the middle of a farm field. Cows and horses walking around in the dark or after a snowfall can easily step in the holes. Ain't no badger worth the price of a cow and a dozen wouldn't cover the loss of good horse.
Ok, so maybe its better to just try and move it somewhere else?
 

contender

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In a perfect world,, we could relocate animals to a place where they didn't interfere with humans,, or cause problems.
But,, due to diseases,, many states do not allow the relocation of animals w/o a special permit.
Then,, we humans have encroached upon the animals territory to where they have learned to exist in & around us.

I have a job,, due to the fact that there is a lot of negative interaction between animals & humans.
Just today;
(2) bats inside the bedroom of one home. Homeowner awoke to find this out. Bats sent for rabies testing.
Later, another home, where a bat had entered, been wrongly captured & put outside. People may be looking at post exposure treatment for rabies.
And, a beaver has built a dam, flooding a couple's lawn & garden. Beavers can not be relocated,, so they will be dispatched.

Badgers,, due to the way they feed, digging up various rodents, creating a lot of land damage that can damage equipment,, or cause expensive farm animals to be injured or killed,, are considered a problem.
Relocation is often not an option.
 

Snake Pleskin

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In a perfect world,, we could relocate animals to a place where they didn't interfere with humans,, or cause problems.
But,, due to diseases,, many states do not allow the relocation of animals w/o a special permit.
Then,, we humans have encroached upon the animals territory to where they have learned to exist in & around us.

I have a job,, due to the fact that there is a lot of negative interaction between animals & humans.
Just today;
(2) bats inside the bedroom of one home. Homeowner awoke to find this out. Bats sent for rabies testing.
Later, another home, where a bat had entered, been wrongly captured & put outside. People may be looking at post exposure treatment for rabies.
And, a beaver has built a dam, flooding a couple's lawn & garden. Beavers can not be relocated,, so they will be dispatched.

Badgers,, due to the way they feed, digging up various rodents, creating a lot of land damage that can damage equipment,, or cause expensive farm animals to be injured or killed,, are considered a problem.
Relocation is often not an option.
Yes, sometimes it just is what it is ,unfortunately.
 
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Ahhhhhhh If he was a real man he would grab one of these for a Frisbee.:)

The skin is also tough enough to resist several machete blows. The only sure way of killing them quickly is through a blow to the skull with a club or a shot to the head with a gun, as their skin is almost impervious to arrows and spears.

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TREE 'EM

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In a perfect world,, we could relocate animals to a place where they didn't interfere with humans,, or cause problems.
But,, due to diseases,, many states do not allow the relocation of animals w/o a special permit.
Then,, we humans have encroached upon the animals territory to where they have learned to exist in & around us.

I have a job,, due to the fact that there is a lot of negative interaction between animals & humans.
Just today;
(2) bats inside the bedroom of one home. Homeowner awoke to find this out. Bats sent for rabies testing.
Later, another home, where a bat had entered, been wrongly captured & put outside. People may be looking at post exposure treatment for rabies.
And, a beaver has built a dam, flooding a couple's lawn & garden. Beavers can not be relocated,, so they will be dispatched.

Badgers,, due to the way they feed, digging up various rodents, creating a lot of land damage that can damage equipment,, or cause expensive farm animals to be injured or killed,, are considered a problem.
Relocation is often not an option.
Nice to see another ADC guy on here.
I started Wildlife Control Solutions Inc in 1985
What company do you work for or are you a Owner/Operator?
 

contender

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Howdy Tree 'em! I'm an owner/operator. I got certified not long after NC started the program. I'd been helping the local LEO's & others long before that, and a game warden cornered me one day to say they had a new program & I needed to get certified. As he put it; "MY job is to enforce the laws,, NOT get snakes & skunks out of houses! You'd be perfect for this!"
I didn't know what I was getting into back then!
He's now long retired,, and when I see him,, he asks; "You still doing critters?" To which I reply; "You still ready to go behind the barn for your butt whipping? "
It's our running joke!
 

Sapo

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I've got one on game camera this year. The first Ive ever seen in Texas Hill Country. I've seen several dens dug up in the pasture, always thinking fox or armadillo.
 

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