Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pour Encouragez Les Autres

The title was my response to this story sent in by #1 blogdaughter:

NJ Man Arrested For Shooting Backyard Squirrels
A New Jersey man could be facing jail time after he allegedly shot and killed squirrels he said were invading his home — and then hung them on a fence.
Linden Police said Richard Baird is charged with a single count animal cruelty. He could face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, according to Det. Lt. James Sarnicki.
I suspect the "hanging them on a fence" part is what got this guy in trouble. The town has an ordinance against shooting squirrels - although I would suspect this is more a "no discharge of firearms" type of thing than an actual proscription against actually shooting squirrels with a BB gun. The mayor of the town himself said he didn't know of any instance where someone had been prosecuted for actually shooting a squirrel with  a BB gun. The single charge of animal cruelty is pretty much explained by the $1,000 fine, IMHO...

Obviously, the take-home lesson is that if you're doing something questionable, you might not want to advertise it, especially if you live in a nanny state like NJ, NY, or MA. There's no specific prohibition against shooting a BB gun on one's own property here in MA (as long as you don't shoot across a road), and if we had squirrel problems it might be one solution. But you bet your bottom dollar the offending vermin would be appropriately dispatched and removed - think the three "S"s - rather than hung on a fence to antagonize the neighbors.

One does have to wonder, though, where you could find tiny pikes...

That is all.

16 comments:

Dave H said...

I'd never heard of the three "S"s before now, but I looked it up and it makes sense. (The internet knows everything!) You don't hang the decapitated heads of the weeds from your garden over your gate as a warning to others, so why brag about clearing vermin from your yard?

Although the last "S" can be problematic, because if everybody shut up about it, we'd never get to hear Lawdog's tales of squirrel eradication.

LMB said...

Yeah, this guy was definitely an idiot. Bury the damned things and call it good.
Stupid should hurt, and I'll bet his wallet will be sore for a while...

Anonymous said...

It's not unusual to see dead coyotes hung on fences out here in the county. Try that in the city limits and you would have problems.

Saying that, I doubt it intimidates the remaining coyotes one little bit.

Gerry

Bubblehead Les. said...

Well, it's obvious to me that SOMEONE doesn't like the Squirrel Report. ; )

AuricTech said...

In the case of dispatching problem squirrels, I would interpret the three "S"'s as follows:

Shoot

Skin

Stew

Crotalus said...

Tiny pikes(qmark) They're called "nails"(per)

(Question mark and period keys are tango uniform on my computer)

Shane W said...

Agreed! What a waste of good meat.

Glenn B said...

I would bet they sell rat poison in NJ and have never once prosecuted anyone for it killing its intended victims or squirrels. It is a pretty crappy ay to go, I watched one die once that had eaten some of it and it sure looks like that would fit the bill for cruelty if it was going to apply to vermin. Not that I mind, poison, BB guns, 22s and Hillbilly mouse traps are all good by me. See: http://bitsandpieces.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/coke-bottle-mouse-trap.gif

Old NFO said...

YGTBSM!!! But then it IS NJ...

ShallNotBeInfringed said...

Shit, shower, shave?

ShallNotBeInfringed said...

Stupid Should Sting?

Ed and Jackie said...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hand-Made-Miniature-Knights-Polearms-Rack-/300582843610

TOTWTYTR said...

So, I'm guessing that squirrel sized Claymores are right out?

Dave H said...

ShallNot: The three "S"es of varmint control: Shoot, Shovel, Shut up.

Anonymous said...

We have a large furry neighborhood recycling expert that hauls off any squirrels that have heart attacks or succumb to sun exposure. Or lead poisoning. Win-win all around.

LittleRed1

The Scribbler said...

Interestingly, miniature pikes and halberds seem hard to come by. On the other hand, sharpen a twig and lash on a cross-spar and you've got it made. Literally.