Posted by John Fasoldt on 4:23:32 2/17/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: NJ man arrested for Trapping and Drowning Squirrels posted by Eric on 3:21:09 2/17/2011 from 184.108.40.206:
Every once in awhile someone brings up the same thing, this is something you do out of the public eye.
No matter how much trouble you are having with the squirrels, or how much damage they have caused, there's always someone out there that does not care about your problems, they worry more about the critter.
And as far as WHAT you're allowed to do, it really doesn't matter. ANYBODY can cause you a lot of grief, and, yes, they can even take you to court about this, if they want to pursue this. Most of the time they don't win, but the lawyers ALWAYS win.
And the "laws?" Doesn't matter, really. And if you ask the wildlife people, almost every one has a different outlook. It depends on who you talk to, and in front of whom.
Best advice would be to keep everything out of the public eye. I had a customer that went through all of this. His neighbor got wind of the fact that he was drowning the squirrels and reported him to the SPCA. They brought him into court, (they have LOTS of money to do this) and he went back several times, all with a lawyer. Finally, the judge dismissed the whole thing. Cost him several thousand dollars.
Oh, and BTW, the REAL actual reason the neighbor called in the animal cops? No, not because of the squirrel, my customer found out that the guy was pissed because he parked in front of his house....
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