"Wildlife Commission Approves Of Device That Blows Up Prairie Dogs"
You can't rephrase a title like that--and what is this splendid little device called? A RODENATOR:
DENVER - Colorado's Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to allow private landowners to control prairie dog populations by using an explosive device.Remember kids, don't try this at home, it is not a "recreational device"!
Many farmers and ranchers were hoping commissioners would make it legal to use a device called the Rodenator.
It blows an explosive mix of propane and oxygen into a burrow. A spark then ignites the gases.
"I think it's important for people to know this is not a recreational device. This is a device for agricultural producers here in Colorado," said Division of Wildlife spokesperson Tyler Baskfield.
Of course, not everyone is happy (these people have no sense of humor whatsoever):
However, conservation groups are adamantly opposed to the explosive device as a way to control prairie dog populations. They consider use of the Rodenator to be just plain cruel.On my signal, unleash the RODENATOR!
"This is a far cry from anything that could be considered humane," said David Crawford, executive director of Rocky Mountain Animal Defense. "I think if you listen to your heart, if someone proposes a device like the Rodenator you're not going to let it fly."