Thursday, February 15, 2018

non lethal force...

Javier and family (4 javelina in total) have become a bit of a problem coming in at all times during the day and constantly running the bunnies and Ben off their feed.  Of course it is entirely my own fault for feeding them in the first place - but I am extending efforts to dissuade them from visiting.  I am keeping the feed locked up tight now and Javier can no longer get into Ben's pen and I'm no longer leaving water out overnight.  I am changing up the feeding schedule for the rabbits and fending off the piggies with an air soft gun when they do come in.  It might be a losing battle but perhaps they will decide to look for food and water elsewhere if I make it more of a problem for them here with nothing to partake of other than little plastic pellets at 300 fps.  78,87,50,0,W

24 comments:

Margery Bills said...

Did you say tender young port for dinner?

Margery Bills said...

Pork

Margery Bills said...

Maybe some dehydrated pork to snack on from a young strong girl.

Robert said...

If they are too much of a problem if may be time for a Jeremy tutorial.☺

Robert said...

Jerky is what I meant this auto correct thing needs some help.

John Wells said...

What part of "non lethal force" do you people not understand?

Janet said...

Good luck!

Robert said...

I understand non lethal I also know that sometimes making them stay home takes great measures. My chickens are kept in a pen because we have so many predators but it doesn't stop some from digging so We have to take other means of persuasion. I understand clearly your compassion for those cridders it was just in jest .;)

Hachita said...

PETA may track down my IP address and bust me, but this looks totally humane if the air guns are reasonably accurate, and eyes are avoided (as a Texan, no doubt you’re a good shot - smile). With that stiff hair, I wonder if those "varmits" will even feel 300 fps?
Good luck!

Robert said...

One of those daisy red riders would work just fine for that sting like all get out but not penetrate the skin .

John Wells said...

A bb gun has far more potential to be lethal to a small animal....

Robert said...

I am sure those javalina are tough critters. You will need to be within a certain range for those plastic pellets to have effect so break out some cans and have fun.

Janet said...

The javelina is a peccary which resembles as pig. They are also known as "skunk" pigs because of the odor they emit to attract other javelinas. They are herd animals and some herds can be large as they are very social.

Dale said...

Well if in a fit of pique those hogs chew on Chupa maybe you'll adopt a more permanent solution. I've heard no more about raccoon problems and that too started out as a humane approach. However these pests are there and semi-domesticated by your own hand, so what you are doing is probably the right thing and I really hope it works out as intended.

John D Baxter said...

I have a paintball gun for that sort of thing. Most of the time, as they rarely shoot straight, it's the sound that causes it to run away. After a few nights of that, they don't come around anymore. Works for raccoons, possums, dogs, stray cats, etc. Only hit one or two since they are usually 40 50 yards away. Haven't used it for a few years but I still have it on hand. Got a break-down air rifle w/two barrels that works great out to 50/60 yards with the .22 barrel, .177 not so much. Gotta be careful with the .22, it penetrates 3/8ths plywood. If the airgun doesn't work, those two are your next options. Though in my younger days, we were deadly with a homemade slingshot. I may make me one to bring there, since I thought about it now. Simple to carry, fast and ammo lying all around. I tend to avoid killing if I can.

Margery Bills said...

Poor Havier. He is presenting to you, his friend, his family which he is trying to take care of and keep together. Aren't you proud of him and his lovely family? He has taken you in his trust to let you around his treasure. Havalinas are very smart, attentive, and caring. They are also one notch down in temper from a bear. As far as I know, the Texans around here go together and shoot and kill them here when they become a nuisance and are in the road at night and root the ground too badly and become too numerous.

Margery Bills said...

You could have them fixed and let them hang out for protection. (Or at least fix Havier and relocate the babies)?

Margery Bills said...

Ft. Davis is a good distance away. I know nothing.

Janet said...

They don't just have babies but their scent attracts other javelinas in the area as they have an instinct to be with each other for protection. They usually won't hurt anyone unless they feel threatened and can use their razor sharp tusks. I've read they don't like noise and can be scared away with loud noises. They can be destructive and are a problem in the southwest for homeowners. They do kill dogs, but I think Chupa is safe.

I like Ben much more than wild javelinas and it disturbs me they are keeping him from his food. I also miss the donkeys that used to come around.

Herb said...

Fun Fact: Pigs can eat an uncooked human corpse in 8 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xUynRdzzsM&app=desktop

Landon Alexander said...

Capture and relocate.

Dale said...

There you go just get out the boombox and play rap music til they get disgusted and leave the premises.

Ronald Mahan said...

I agree with Margery Bills. Young javelinas are excellent table fare. Especially when roasted over some nice juniper wood coals. Of course, I realize that may not be possible, but another alternative would be to simply trap all four of the javelina family - and relocate the critters at least 30 miles away in the Terlingua Ranch. I suspect the 3 small ones would be better protected by the adult javelina being parent. If relocated inside the Big Bend National Park - they would be protected from hunters. Of course they have many more predators - like cougars & bears that feed on javelinas. I suspect there is no real shortage of natural food available on the Terlingua Ranch for javelinas - because there are more of them than deer.

Janet said...

I discovered like Ronald says that the javelinas are protected, but there is a hunting season and they are supposed to be tasty. The surprising thing is that pricey gloves made from peccary leather are available on Amazon. The tough leather is supposed to be the best. The ones I saw come from Italy.