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I've become 'that' guy in the neighborhood?

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    JDShapp
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    Backstory for this is in order. A few years back when I first setup a bird feeder I had troubles with grackles and starlings. So much to the point that they needed some ‘special’ encouragement before they found elsewhere to disturb. Unfortunately the neighbors children discovered the results one day, a starling that had a heart attack much like the horse from Animal House had. It wasn’t their yard that the discovery was made, but thankfully by that time things were settled.

    Flash forward to this week. Today I go out to finish up the axle seal job on the rear of my truck since I was essentially rained out last night by a particularly windy storm. Our local animal control is parked just past my fence. A few children and an adult are present staring down into a box along with the officer, and of course once they leave the officer I walk up out of curiosity. Originally I’d made the assumption that they’d found a litter of kittens, or maybe even a rare city born groundhog. Try not to laugh, we did in fact have a person living next door to these people that actually had a family of groundhogs removed just a month or so ago. I was wrong on all accounts.

    Down in the box was a nest ever so conveniently placed in an old black ash tray with 3 baby birds. My best guess is they were robins. The story animal control was told before I approached was I was responsible for the mess since I have air rifles. He kindly informed them unless they had video of me doing something that everything was hearsay, but also felt the need to tell me that shooting pest birds was animal cruelty since it was a popular issue that it would probably make the news. Of course I explained to him the most I do these days in the city limits is use my 1377 pistol with no pellets to scare the birds away, much like fire crackers would, and that anytime I do serious pesting its performed out in the county.

    So yeah I’ve become ‘that’ guy in the neighborhood. Never mind the neighbors and the children that label me ‘cruel’, or ‘mean’ while they completely tossed a cat out to be a stray once their kids got over the ‘new pet’ feeling. The poor thing has since adapted to being a community cat since a neighbor much further down the street and my parents have taken up feeding the non-ferals. Also never mind the fact that the children who should know way better than to pick up baby birds by now did more damage to the poor creatures by moving them than leaving them.

    I apologize if this this whole thing seems out of place and more like a rant, but I imagine there have been more than a few of us who have had something like this happen to them, and honestly I’d like to know how everyone else handled things.

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    There is no way to reply to the “delusional”.  You can try to educate but they will refuse.  You could apologize but that leads them to believe you did something wrong.  You could tell them the truth but they won’t believe the truth because the lie is more convenient in their delusional little world.  The best thing you can do is just be very careful because anyone who will lie to the warden (in their delusion believing it is true) will lie in the same delusion to anyone else they meet at the least provocation.  Such people lie to themselves first.  There is nothing you can do to help them other than challenge their delusions with facts when the opportunity presents.  You have to do that very gently though because delusional people become very, very, angry if you make them uncomfortable with their belief structure.

    There is simply no way to reply to the “delusional”.  Just be polite, kind, and assertive when you have to be.

    Just last Monday I was walking out to the mail box and I saw this flash of a dog running down the street.  He was headed to an area where I had been seeing baby groundhogs lately and I thought, “Good for him.  He’s going to catch a groundhog.”  Just about that same instant a “millennial” couple comes driving past in a little white car.  They must have noticed the dog which had the ground hog pup at bay in the middle of the yard.  They stopped about 50 yards down the road and this twenty something beta male with blue hair comes running down the road shouting, “Hey! Hey!” at the dog.  Two things sprang immediately to mind.  The first was I hope he doesn’t try to grab that dog. It was a “Catahoula” and they are sweet tempered but don’t take lightly to harassment.  The second thing was that the dog was doing exactly what myself and the neighbors would want.  So that had me getting between the dog and the blue haired loon and telling him quite plainly that he was to leave the dog alone as it was doing exactly what it was supposed to do.  The poor lad is just standing there looking all deflated and confused because he wasn’t allowed to “save” the world one ground hog pup at a time.

    Meanwhile the owner, who is also an old man, has come driving up in his car.  He is looking all sheepish and confused because he thinks everyone is mad at his dog.  “Blue Hair” drives off, shaking his head and wondering about how mankind can be so absolutely brutal.  The owner looks at me as if to apologize.  I say, “Dude, you don’t have anything to apologize for the dog was doing exactly what he is supposed to do.”  I’m laughing because the dog now has the dead hog in his mouth and he is making a bee line for home to show it to momma.  The owner is relieved that he is not in trouble.

    Really?  I live forty miles from the nearest city and these idiots come out here and want to take issue with a dog killing a ground hog.  I think we should trap a few hundred of them and take them into the city and plant them under HIS garage.

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    JimNM
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    That would be the blue-hair freak’s momma’s garage as he is still living in her basement….if I read the subtext correctly.

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    T3PRanch
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    Unfortunately I see the exponential growth of those individuals that have been released from a conscience to a reprobate mind, their situation is terminal and utterly hopeless. :( 

    Thurmond

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    sharroff
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    Huh,

    I’m ‘that guy’ in our neighborhood but it is in reverse.  Neighbors are asking me to get rid of their ‘pests’ for them.  Chipmunks, squirrels, coons, possum, and even ground hogs have made the list of ‘please shoot these on sight in my yard/woods’.  Neighbor to the left even wanted me to get rid of the deer that keep visiting her garden and flowers, but I drew the line there.  Two neighbors even got their own PCP’s and are doing basement and backyard practicing.

     

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    JDShapp
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    Most of the people I work with and even a few friends of the family are the ‘bleeding heart’s types until the right circumstances take place. One woman at work thought of me as blood thirsty by doing everything in my power to get rid of my problem raccoons. Then after she moved from the city to the county and had something open up her new bluebird house and rip out the nest things changed.

    As for my neighbors, well as a certain comedian once said, ‘You can’t fix stupid’.

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    Dan25
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    I live in a small southern town in the burbs but outside of the City Limits so its legal for me to pest.  When I bought my house years ago it had extensive squirrel damage.  I killed over 100 per year off a one acre lot.  My backdoor neighbors from the PDR of New Jersey did not like this one bit.  I agreed to stop provided they would foot the bills to have carpenters and painters over once a year to repair the damage.  They declined and so did I.  Then they started having problems.  After the power company trimmed some trees the squirrels took to jumping across the neighbors power transformer blowing them or the big fuse.  The average wait was 8 or more hours without power.  After the third time one summer, suffering in 90+ degree heat and 60% minimum humidity, they enlisted my services.

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    Willie14228
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    Perspective once again 
    My wife has always been one of those poor bunny types right up until those bunnies got under the hood of a brand new car less than 5000 miles and are up the wiring 
    Then she went to the store with me and helped choose the pellet gun.

    One important note though, not saying anyone or the O.P is guilty of this but insuring that a quick ethical kill goes a long way in making sure not having neighbor’s giving trouble. 
    I live outside the city limits and mine from time to time target practice with firearms. When one complained about me shooting a rabbit and threatened to call the law I calmly asked just who do you think the cop will be more focused on a guy shooting a pellet gun or one shooting a 223 
    He walked off and I’ve never hears from him since 

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    Mousefart
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    You never can tell. I have a neighbor Two fences away who told me to not to worry if I heard a gunshot some night, as he wanted to kill a possum that had been frequenting his yard. As in firearm. 

    Same guy became totally alarmed when he heard pellets pinging into my steel trap. 

    His powder burner is ok, but my air rifle is not? 

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    T3PRanch
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    Unfortunately “FascistBook” has been perverted into a vehicle that teaches people to mind Other peoples business rather than their OWN! :(

    Thurmond

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    rusty-c
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    In my neighborhood (rural 3-5 acre wooded lots) youd be that guy if you didn’t help keep the pest population under control.  Moronic, delusional, narrow minded folks…. Oklahoma has it’s share of self induced problems but thank God we generally don’t deal with this type of stupidity.  May I suggest a Nght scope and moderator.

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    Imold
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    I live in the country and don’t have to worry about the small pests being our 2 cats and our Jack Russell/Rat Terrior keep the gophers and mice at bay, I take care of the yotes and beaver that cause issues at times but that’s done with PB’s, I find it funny but yet troublesome when people build homes out in the burbs or country and then complain about the wild life eating their flowers and gardens and want them removed but yet it’s them who have infringed on the animals land…
    The other day there was a big Snapping Turtle on our road and a small groupe of people(moms dads,children)standing around looking at it wondering what to do to get it off the road, I live on a lake and these folks were tourists out for the weekend. Anyway the wife and I walked over to see what was going on and after listening to them talking about it I just stepped in grabbed the middle of it and carried it off the road and set it in the tall grass, these people just starred at me like I was crazy I just looked at them and said if ya need to move it just move it and be smart about it, can’t imagine what these people would do if a wild animal walked through their yard…..Call the Sheriff hahaha…Speaking of Sheriff there was a gal from Cali that bout a home on the lake down the road from us and after coming out to stay in for a few weeks got mad because the neighbors cows were making to much noise at night, yes she called the sheriff and wanted them to tell the dairy farmer(has about 300 dairy cows)to keep the cows quiet at night so she could have her windows open….Yes crap like this does go on out here……..

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    DuncanHynes
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    Moo.  MOoOoOO!!!!   lol.  I have taken a few cracks at some crows not in my yard up in trees.  Figured though I better stop tempting as they are.  No need to get word out how powerful air rifles are or liberal media another excuse to ruin the fun.

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    NTSOG
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    G’day,

    I live on a small farm in a rural part of the State of Victoria [Australia].  In 1992 an English couple bought the three acre ‘estate’ next door and very quickly started complaining about our tractors, chain saws, dogs, brush-cutters, even the sound of our voices as we chatted in a paddock adjoining their ‘estate’.  They didn’t like the sound of horses being loaded onto our trailer and so on, and, eventually became very nasty, making spurious complaints to the local Ranger and by-Laws Officer.  They demanded zero noise.  Of course the onus was on them to check that the lifestyle in a predominantly farming community suited them before buying, but such selfish people never think that way.  Their behaviour became dangerous and included an assault and deliberately scaring my wife’s horse as she rode it on our arena.  One afternoon I brought in a steer to our yards as the butcher was coming next day.  Naturally the cows in the herd mooed a lot.  Sure enough one of the neighbours complained to the Police and ranger that the cows were mooing!  Idiots!!!  That was the end of the problem as the Police and Ranger realised what was going on.  A very serious and angry senior Policeman “visited” the neighbours and told them that if they didn’t like living in the country in farming territory, then they should go and live in a city, preferably London!  Actually the cop stated “I visited his face …!”  There was not a peep from them thereafter and they moved on after a year or so, but they represent an increasing number of ‘entitled’  and arrogant idiots full of their own rights that we see here and, apparently exist, all around the world.

    Jim

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    JDShapp
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    And the story continues!

    About 3 days ago my neighbors kids ‘found’ some ‘abandoned’ kittens in the street. The reality is these were kittens that were born under my fathers van in our side yard to a tame cat we’ve been feeding over the last few months. So we immediately retrieved the 3 kittens they took, but since they smelled of something unnatural to the mother she won’t touch them. Since we have a dog prone to killing rodents we told them to keep the kittens because we didn’t want to risk them getting killed. Tonight, after a kitten died and they realized they were in over their heads, they brought the two living kittens back to us in hopes the mother may come for them again. Unfortunately its a no go.

    Oddly enough ‘that’ guy in the neighborhood that seems to be responsible for all the bad things that happen to wild animals is now bottle feeding two kittens that are at most 3 weeks old.

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    Dave
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    I just had to take care of a good size groundhog at my parents house. He had eaten the leaves off of half the sweet potatos, and half the green beens as well. This is why I love shrouded PCPs. 

    Then this evening as I went over to their house to see if there were any more groundhogs, and a squirrel came down from a nest he had on their roof. That was his mistake as a 18.13 JSB quickly evicted him from his home permanently. 

    I don’t just randomly shoot pest around here unless they become a problem.

     

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    JohnL57
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    Oddly enough ‘that’ guy in the neighborhood that seems to be responsible for all the bad things that happen to wild animals is now bottle feeding two kittens that are at most 3 weeks old.

    
Well, you’re going to have some new family members in case you don’t already know- a bottle fed cat will be an asset to your household for life! Hopefully you have kids to help out with the feeding, lol!
    This guy was with us for 17 years and helped raise my two kids!
    Here he is making sure our fish is fresh….

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    Tater
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    Great stories guys, this was a really good read.

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    jonny75904
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    I saw this story from a neighorhood several miles away – it just goes to show the stupidity of people sometimes.  In this case, it is the stupidity of all parties involved.

    1.  If you shoot something, you see it through to the end.  More importantly, only take shots that quarry cant walk away from, esp if youre gonna do it in your neighborhood.

    2.  The refusal of the author (and moreover, the husband), to end the squirrel’s suffering then and there.  There is no coming back from a shot to the spine, and I dont want to sound heartless, but a decent blow with a brick or hammer or boot heel – hell, anything blunt, hard, and heavy – is a blessing to a suffering animal

    3.  I guess this is the world we live in…

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