Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mysterious Latenight Bullnoser


We have a nocturnal tiller-of-the-soil working in the yard. Skunks do this when they search for grubs, but on a limited, neater scale.  Our new critter is making a mess of the yard, especially around the trees.  I may have to shop for an armadillo dog, if there is such a thing.  I don't think armadillos are protected in Illinois.  As soon as I verify that, open season will begin.

5 comments:

raven said...

Hogs?

David aka True Blue Sam said...

Not big and rough enough for a hog. Armadillos are in IL now, and I think that is the culprit. Feral hogs do pop up in Illinois, but so far they are eliminated pretty quickly.

Merle Morrison said...

HMMM, when did armadillos arrive? I thought that they couldn't survive in snowy weather.

I also hear that they are good to eat, but some carry diseases.

Merle

David aka True Blue Sam said...

We have been seeing carcasses on I-64 around Nashville, IL for several years. The wildlife biologists tell me that they find them on I-57 as far north as Effingham. They think an extended cold spell will wipe them out, and we haven't had severe cold for quite a while. I think it was the winter of 2000 when it was so cold your walls would make popping noises in the night. That's what we need. I am thinking that .357 or .44 will make good armadillo medicine. I am afraid that .22 LR will lose too much energy breaking through the armor plates.

Joe Mama said...

Alternate host for leprosy.