I never realized how massive buffalo were until I was up close to a few, (in my car) and at that time I didn't know how aggressive they could be. Groundhogs look all cute and chubby and snuggly. So do bears. Jon Stewart in one of his books, pointed out how ironic it was that as a symbol for global warming, we use polar bears, which are essentially 2000 pound, razor clawed killing machines. John
That is a lot of groundhogs!
I often wonder about people walking up to wild animals. They do that a lot (visitors mostly) out here, like in Yellowstone. I never understood the mentality of "Hey, a massive 2 ton buffalo! It would be so cool to walk up to it and scratch it under the chin, then place me 2 year old daughter on it's back for a picture that I can post of Facebook". And of course the moron gets badly hurt on the approach. *rolls eyes*
David and the CoolCyberCats
I saw on the news yesterday that Belleville Illinois, which is pretty close to St. Louis, is overrun with groundhogs. People are seeing 20 or 30 a day, where I've only seen them 3 or 4 times in my life. Cute as they are, they do have a "Kill 'em all and let god sort them out." demeanor. That is, they're mean and somewhat aggressive. People and pets are getting scarred up. I think people don't realize how mean they can be and get too close, and of course, dogs will be dogs, so they get bit. Animal Control suggested they start catching them in cages, then release them somewhere out in the country, or...let them die in the cage. Let them die in the cage??? Animal Control suggested this? John