The Should I Kill It? Thread

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  1. Macrobius The Old Usager

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    Item #1. Ran into one of these on the sidewalk walking home:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu
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    The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu),[2][3] (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river rat, [4] and nutria,[1][5] is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers.[6] Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.

    There are two commonly used names in the English language for Myocastor coypus. The name "nutria" (or local derivatives such as "nutria- or nutra- rat") is generally used in North America and Asia; however, in Spanish-speaking countries, the word "nutria" refers to the otter. To avoid this ambiguity, the name "coypu" (derived from the Mapudungun language) is used in Latin America and Europe.[7] In France, the coypu is known as a ragondin. In Dutch it is known as beverrat (beaver rat). In Italy, instead, the popular name is, as in North America and Asia, "nutria", but it is also called castorino ("little beaver"), by which its fur is known in Italy.

    Coypus live in burrows alongside stretches of water. They feed on river plants, and waste close to 90% of the plant material while feeding on the stems.[8]


    It's an old story around here:

    http://dailyuw.com/archive/2006/04/21/imported/invasive-rodents-could-hurt-ecosystem


    A non-native mammal is quickly populating the shorelines and waterways of the Union Bay Natural Area, threatening to destroy vegetation and waterways.

    These 20-pound rodents, known as nutria, have no natural enemies in the area, and may take hold of the Bay's ecosystem by competing with local species for food and shelter.

    Nutria are semi-aquatic and can be mistaken for beavers or muskrats. The main difference is their tails, which are long and have little hair, much like a rat's.

    The animals are natives of South America brought to North America for their pelts. In the United States, they have been sighted in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Maryland and Oregon.

    UW students Phu T. Van, 22, and Filip Tkaczyk, 23, are tracking nutria for a graduation thesis within the wildlife science major.

    Tkaczyk and Van first spotted nutria in the Union Bay Natural Area, north of Husky Stadium.


    'Union Bay Natural Area' is a converted landfill: http://www.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/onlineNewsletter/09Fall/LearningfromLandfill.shtml

    I'm going with the Dutch view on this one.

    Verdict: Probably.
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    In Jefferson Parish, the Sherriff Deputies get target practice by shooting them, they even shoot them in residential neighborhoods in the city.
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    This one definitely looked up at me, gave me that 'don't taze me bro' look, and went back to being an herbivore. It allowed me to pass within a foot of it, without bothering about me.

    They are so alpha, they are beta. 'No natural predators in the area?' File under we need smarter coyotes -- those animals in jzw's yard would likely make a meal of them.

    @john z. whitey
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    Kill it with fire. Those things really do a lot of environmental damage in the South. I didn't know they had them in your parts. We don't have nutria in this part of Texas because we have no water. As you know the biggest pest here are wild hogs.
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    This is a whopper a friend of mine shot at my place.
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    snausage on the hoof. Slow cook in the ground. Yummy.
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    Are you referring to my extended family (my chow chows) as animals? yeah, they kill anything that moves, including horny toads. Sorta pisses me off really. it is raining and cold here tonight but there are a few colorado river toads out there and my one dumb ass dog insists on eating them. I have brought her back from near death more than three times. Kinda cold for the toads to be out and about but we have some wierd weather patterns here lately. It was 28 night before last. I thought they'd be hybernating by now.
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    Cats......................kill em all big an small.
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    I would suggest .243 Winchester. Probably preaching to the crowd.

    Kill the cunts.
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    I take it selling the fur is not an objective anymore?
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    You can still take the fur if you blow its brains out, can't you?
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    That's what I do.
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    No coyotes in the area, Mac? They'd make short work of them.
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    Then I fail to see the conundrum.
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    Yes we have coyotes (and even some wolves making it down from Canada, though they stay up in the mountains). You would think it was meat on the hoof.

    #needbettercoyotes
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    Prolly gorged on kitty cats and chihuahuas; a bunch of coyotes around here were shot to protect ours, and thus we have a surfeit of jackrabbits. We need to export to you a few of the cougars that occasionally prowl through.
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    The one and only drawback of my five+ years in Old Metairie was those nightmarish giant fuckin' rats.

    "Nutria" my ass, it's a giant South American rat some dumbass with dreams of running a cut-rate mink farm loosed on the region after he got bored and decided it was a lousy idea, and might as well let em loose to breed....

    Only ever saw two, but it was two too many. Never forget my first sighting. 3am, walking back from the local Kwik-E-Mart when this......RAT.......correction: this rat the size of a Great Dane......just lopes across the street in front of me into someone's overgrown front yard. I practically shit water!
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    When I was a six-year-old in Halifax I had the same experience, seeing a rat that could've held it's own against the dogs in the apartment complex. I was terrified waking up that the moment I put my feet on the ground one of them would leap out from under the bed to take a chunk out of me.
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