A battle is heating up over the use of a new invention called “The Rodenator” and the Humane Society. What is the Rodenator and why is the Humane Society up in arms?
Meghann M. Cuniff in The Spokesman-Review has written an article titled “Humane Society condemns the use of deadly Rodenator.”
First, what is a Rodenator?
The Rodenator is apparently a “new-fangled weapon” for attacking rodents such as squirrels, gophers and prairie dogs and the like. As the report refers to them, these things are “critters.” We have then new-fangled technology to stamp out critters.
As the article goes on to say, the Rodenator is a tube-like gadget looking much like a weed trimmer to me. (I have linked to a video)
The Rodenator shoots propane and oxygen down squirrel holes causing an explosion. It also collapses the tunnel.
The Spokane Park District says this is a very humane of getting rid of the squirrels and the Humane Society says it is ruthless and wrong.
This entire situation was actually noticed by neighbors who witnessed all the explosions.
While the area is called a park it is actually an arboretum. If you happen to be ignorant of the term as I was before writing this article, an arboretum (In this case Finch Arboretum) is a place where trees are planted for conservation and education. Squirrels eat new roots and cause a hazard for pedestrians.
Squirrels have posed a problem for a long time because of their large population. The coyotes cannot keep them in check.
In a breakdown of the participants, the Finch Arboretum is home to 200-300 squirrels and 2,000 labeled ornamental trees and shrubs from 600 species.
The main argument from the park district is the destruction these rodents bring; they feel they need to work quickly.
The Humane Society says that when man interferes with nature a problem arises. He messes up the ecological balance.
I have written a couple of articles on Associated Content that show what happens when the wrong animal is introduced to an eco-system.
Still, sometimes man has a good understanding about what should be done.
You’re on your own on this one.