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A wonderful thing

May 6, 2013

After spending a semester in a Penn State course about sustainability I’ve learned how treacherous human-wildlife conflict can be....

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rmiller

May-07-13 10:34 PM

After an hour of trying to keep it cornered under our king size bed, my husband managed to safely blanket it, and release it to the wild. He was happy, we were happy and I've not encountered a chipmunk needing rescued since. I can tell you this, I wouldn't do the same for anything that slithers. :)

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rmiller

May-07-13 10:32 PM

Steeler,

You're welcome...my husband and I rescued one from the jaws of death from our outdoor cat one time. This one was too funny. My husband put it in a box, again we covered it with some fine metal meshing and we thought it probably was dead...but just in case....

I was out in the garage with my husband and I suggested that my son, who likes animals take a peek at it, so he could see a chipmunk up close. As you said, they are pretty fast. Anyways, my husband said, "I don't think this is a good idea," and against his better wishes, we took the box, with chipmunk inside to show it to my adolescent child. My husband peeled back the mesh so Aaron could get a better view. At this juncture, the chipmunk, which we thought was a goner, sprang back to life, exiting the box within a second and got loose in the house.

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SteelerFan

May-07-13 8:36 AM

Relene, thanks for sharing the story.

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rmiller

May-06-13 10:15 PM

What can I say Premier?

Don't you just love it when you can dispel a myth? :)

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Premier

May-06-13 8:46 PM

Sorry Rick, just spent the whole day roofing. Us 50+ people should stay on the ground where blood preasure stays at a constant.

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Premier

May-06-13 8:41 PM

Rick:"Boy nothing like shooting a guy down. You guys are so kind."

Spend your time feeling sorry for this person, I'll spend my time using the brain power God gave me to figure out this common sense stuff.

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Premier

May-06-13 8:22 PM

Rmiller, how can a person of reasonable intelligence and obvious conservitive leanings care about a tiny chipmunk?

By liberal standards a conservative would have ran over it a few times and then bashed it's head against a tree for added assurance.

The audacity.

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rmiller

May-06-13 7:52 PM

eric,

A good decision, it was the humane thing to do...get ready for PETA to flail back! :)

My stepdad and his son did the same thing to a deer. Here's the catch. When my step brother called it in to fish and game and asked if he could have the rack, they said, "If you pay $60.00 to the game commission."

My step brother decided he didn't need it after all. :) What's really sad? They wouldn't let him gut it and take it for meat. Grant it, most deer are too injured and the meat is destroyed, but this one got hit upper neck/head.

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eriklatranyi

May-06-13 7:41 PM

I was driving behind a tractor trailer on Route 6 in Galeton about 10 years ago.

The truck and I passed a PA State Trooper who was measuring traffic speed with radar.

Less than 0.25 mile past the State Trooper, a buck ran out in front of the truck. The buck was hit and ended up along the edge of the road.

Both the tractor trailer and I stopped. The buck was on struggling.

I quickly assessed that it would die of its own accord due to the inability to stand and the blood coming from its nose.

I decided to dispatch the deer and save it the anguish of a prolonged death.

The PA State Trooper (in view of this) never intervened.

I asked the truck driver if he was OK. His truck was partially damaged, but still driveable.

This is freedom at work. The right thing was done and the humans looked out for each other.

That is the way it should be.

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rmiller

May-06-13 5:05 PM

Bobbie,

"Maybe we should give them rabbits free contraceptives, right Rickie?"

That has to be the funniest post I've read in some time...thanks for the humor!

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rmiller

May-06-13 5:04 PM

I felt bad for the little thing. Well, it was still alive when I came home from my appt. so I put it in a box, covered it with some mesh wire for air and started catching some bugs and giving it greens to eat. Three days later, it was fine and we let it go.

You are right though, those little buggers run fast. My mom tries to keep her flowers going in her garden spots around their property so she sets traps for them. They live in Montoursville. We all had a good laugh because she thought it humorous that I rescued one, while she's trying to rid her property of one.

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rmiller

May-06-13 5:00 PM

Steeler,

We used to live on Northway Road Extension and when I was pulling out of our driveway one day, I noticed this "thing" laying on the road and I noticed some movement. I pulled my car back in the driveway, went to the road and there was a chipmunk that must have been hit barely because his/her tiny feet were stuck to the road. It was still alive, so I got a piece of cardboard, scooped it on it (not to take a chance it would spin and bite me) put it under one of our trees and told myself, if its still alive when I get back, I'll put it in a box and try to tend to it. cont.

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eriklatranyi

May-06-13 4:54 PM

If killing animals is considered interference with nature, then so rescuing animals is interference with nature.

You can't have it both ways.

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SteelerFan

May-06-13 10:37 AM

Relene, chipmunks are pretty quick. How did you manage to rescue one?

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rmiller

May-06-13 9:02 AM

Premier,

"

Wow, I don't know what's more unbeleivable. The fact you accually spent money on this "no brainer" course or that they offer it."

Add to it, the onslaught of "preserve the cockroach mindset and your statement wopuld be complete. :)

Come on guys, have fun with this letter!

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rmiller

May-06-13 8:58 AM

I've rescued chipmunks off the highways, but sorry greenies....my empathy is limited. I still like Raid...best defense against allowing those yellow jackets, hornets, etc. to encamp, build or otherwise live in my domain.

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CMReeder

May-06-13 8:19 AM

Now we hear from the 'let it go extinct crowd'.

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rick424

May-06-13 7:00 AM

Boy nothing like shooting a guy down. You guys are so kind.

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idiottwo

May-06-13 6:39 AM

wow, another reason I don't think the school should recieve so many grants and such a helping hand.

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ToTEXASfromPA

May-06-13 6:17 AM

Premier,

See university degree plans that lead to lots of jobs that pay top salaries!

*****

Buy more aluminum pie plates and chili pepper sauce to impact habitats in other parts of the globe.

*****

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

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Premier

May-06-13 5:32 AM

Wow, I don't know what's more unbeleivable. The fact you accually spent money on this "no brainer" course or that they offer it.

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