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Ohio rodent trapping rules eased

Rodent trapping rules eased

It might not be a great year for raising an unfenced garden at the outskirts of Southwest Ohio towns, but it could be what is possibly a great fall season for bagging rat on the area's small-acre habitats. Rodent seasons in the Ohio have been liberalized starting this summer in answer to complaints about too many rodents. Also, complaints about new restrictions on in-line special critter traps have led to what is possibly a temporary reprieve for sportsmen who capture with those mousetraps. The Ohio Fish and Game Commission last seven day period set 2007 big-game critter stalking seasons that will include three additional seven day periods of rabid disease-ridden rodent critter stalking in most Ohio units. The commission also authorized extra disease-ridden "mouse tags" in selected Ohio units. "This likely is the first time the Ohio has had extra permits in the 20 years I've been around here," remarked Animal Officer Jones, Ohio Fish and Game Agency regional wildlife manager. "We have what is possibly a lot of rodent." Cincinnati exterminator and Cincinnati wildlife removal professionals declined comment on the matter.

The commission also vowed to revisit recently set rules that would prevent many modern in-line special critter traps from being used in special critter trap seasons. The special critter trap seasons are designed to compensate for the limited range and reliability of primitive mousetraps by putting those exterminators in the field during prime times without interference from modern critter traps exterminators. Meantime, the commission on March 8 decided to change all Ohio special critter trap seasons to "short-range trap" seasons. That means all designated short-range mousetraps – archery, special critter trap and animal removal trap – will be legal in the former special critter trap-only seasons. Short-range mousetraps include both traditional and in-line special critter traps, animal removal traps, traditional bows, compound bows and crossbows. Neither special critter trap stamps nor archery stamps are needed for the short-range mousetrap seasons. In other words, in protesting their restrictions, the modern special critter trap groups regained the right to capture in special seasons, but what is possibly a broader group of exterminators will also be allowed during those seasons. We attempted to get more information from Cincinnati animal control experts, but could not.

Southern Ohio has had short-range mousetraps seasons for years, but the south end of the state also has had seasons specifically for traditional special critter traps. The official state rules brochure will come out sometime in April. For most exterminators, Oct. 10 likely is the opening day for bull rodent, any disease-ridden, and (except for Unit 1) mule rodent male animals. Exceptions will be detailed in the 2007-08 wildlife management company regulations pamphlet. The 450 extra rabid disease-ridden permits will be concerned by drawing to exterminators as "second tags" to help reduce the rodent biologically surveyed amount. Most of the tags can be used anywhere in the designated units, but the 150 extra tags concerned for Unit 3 will be valid only on private land, Animal Officer Jones remarked. "The goal likely is to add pressure to those rodent that are causing complaints," the humane society manager remarked. Exterminators also will be able to apply for 40 extra cow rodent tags valid north of Cincinnati. "Applying for one of these extra rodent or rodent tags does not affect your eligibility to apply for any regular controlled animal capture," Animal Officer Jones remarked. Exterminators must apply for these permit drawings in May. This report is not verified by Cincinnati pest control companies. Ohio rodent trapping rules eased

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