Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day. I gave our Squirrels some extra corn and bird feed and told them how much we appreciate them.
I did not tell them that in Indiana it will soon be legal to trap Otters and sell their fur. I also did not tell them that it will soon be legal to trap Squirrels and sell their pelts.
Apparently Otters were exterminated in the 1940s due to habitat loss and unregulated trapping.
Now that the little blighters have recovered – let’s exterminate them again. The Syrian government is having a special on barrel bombs at the moment – let’s get some of those.
The article goes on to say that
“One fur-buying website says it will pay up $6 for a complete squirrel skin in its winter coat for taxidermy purposes so long as it has "no large holes, no head shots, may have up to two .22 (caliber bullet) holes in body."
At least one company also buys squirrel tails to use the long hair to make fishing lures. A premium squirrel tail fetches $.26.
Squirrels are a popular game animal in Indiana, and appetizing if cooked correctly.”
To which I might ask – you need two bullets to kill a squirrel?
Based on this Moshe, Lynette, Angus and Marjorie are worth $24 – or I could just de-tail them and collect $1.04.
Sometimes I just despair about the society in which we live.