I've got a mate who works for RSPCA in compliance. Have accompanied him on some animal welfare property inspections to provide livestock assessments.
He deals with some serious head cases in that role. Including quite violent and sadistic types. Other times we've put down old peoples/kids beloved pet livestock that they hand-raised and had around the house for years and years but are on their last legs ... while they're standing in the background somewhere balling their eyes out.
Not everyone in the RSPCA is a PC activist. There are plenty of solid, upright people doing difficult work in there too.
I suppose this leads back to the question what type of snare would you use? I reckon a neck snare would not be an issue but maybe leg snares could be due to potential to cut and wound?
I worked with a RSPCA bloke out west and i agree Spinifex not all are extreme animal lovers, in fact i’d say the RSPCA would vet those types out of a compliance role as they’d be a bloody headache to manage. I really oppose all that tactical garb they wear, that is a big step in the wrong direction.
I had a NPWS inspector come through my place once, asking if he could access the park through my place to check on weeds. I said okay, then he pulls out a rifle, and I asked how dangerous are these weeds. Bugger was going hunting on company time, which makes him a good bloke in my books. Even more when he laughed when I told him I was using the park as my personal motorcross track.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2020 10:57:09 GMT 10 by frostbite
Well the snares I made worked, 2 bunnies in 3 days. Then I pulled them up having confirmed the design worked. Interestingly I was there for both catches aka on the two occasions I went down there on the quad the bunnies scattered and went for the nearest hole which put them straight into snares (I set 2 snares on day 1 and then added 2 more snares on day 2). On a couple of other occasions I approached quietly on foot and the bunnies seemed less panicked and picked other entry points to their warrens. Hence spooking them might be helpful if you're trying to catch bunnies using snares.
I didn't do anything to 'age' the snares so there were a couple of bits of shiny metal hardware, but the wire itself was black.
Post by frostbite on Sept 10, 2020 22:18:02 GMT 10
Cattle grids work great as snares. I was driving down the road near my retreat yesterday and came across two fat lambs caught in a cattle grid. Their mother was standing about 50m away. So I stopped, put my hazard lights on, lifted the two lambs out and reunited them with mum. But a lamb dinner did enter my mind momentarily.