DENVER - Colorado's Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to allow private landowners to control prairie dog populations by using an explosive device.Most people don't realize that under Kansas law, farmers have to kill moles, prairie dogs, and gophers and can incur liability if the little bast...rodents destroy a neighbor's field or crop. Poisoning the little bast...rodents is bad for the environment, injecting them with hormones is a bad idea unless you like cheesy movies, shooting them with high-powered rifles is cumbersome and ineffective (though I have heard it might be considered "recreational" by some). Perhaps blowing them to smithereens will be an effective way to control them, though it didn't work in Caddyshack. Much.
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.
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