Homeowners Decry Anti-Prairie Dog Explosive Device

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Landowners have been using an explosive, state-approved device to blow up prairie dog holes -- and some neighbors don't like it.

The Daily Camera reported Thursday the Colorado Wildlife Commission approved the "Rodenator" in 2006. It explodes burrows by igniting a propane mixture pumped into the holes.

Nearby residents in Boulder have complained the method is cruel, inhumane and extremely loud. Some have reported seeing prairie dogs on fire.

Boulder County sheriff's officials have estimated the explosions exceed the county's sound limit of 50 to 55 decibels.

Employees at a ranch where the device is being used say it isn't meant to kill the animals.

It's illegal to use Rodenator in Boulder, but not in the county, where the ranch is located.


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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Boulder... That explains a lot. Let's see, instantly kill the critters with an underground concussion or poison them, the ground, and possibly pets with cyanide or strychnine. How can that nest of Progressive radicals in Boulder make so much noise on issues if they have a county sound limit of 55 decibels when normal conversation is around that level?
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      by Bert on Mar 18, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to Nath
      Nath its because they cant hear their own flatulance over the booms. (got to know when to sniff man!)
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Mar 18, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Further proof of the flaws in humanity, the government doesnt mind blowing up small ugly creatures but cats dogs seals and whales are off limits. As for blowing up gophers wholy shtuff batman I gonna buy some land out their shooting them with a BMG is fun as all get up but blowing them up, I could do like a toyota comercial with a godzilla theme movie. This is awesome gotta run ammo sale next to realators office. Do you need a permit or background check for the gophernator and do coyotes like to eat cooked gopher ( I only ask because rabbits are getting too expensive to use as "bait" for them) ReMax here I come...Hey Mike you ever wonder why the worst sadistic criminals are also some of the smartest people i.e. Hitler Manson Hannibal?
  • by Mike on Mar 18, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Killing and torturing small animals. Jeffery Dalhmer followed the same life path. Good luck with the rationalizing.
  • by wiley coyote Location: colo springs on Mar 18, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    @Billy, well said!
  • by Billy Location: CO on Mar 18, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Shame on you killers!!! Animal abuse at its finest and the Gov't supports this. Idiots! You are the ones living in their area, learn to adapt.
  • by al on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    blow 'em up. prarie dogs/gophers serve no purpose.
  • by JP Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM
    Is this what Bill Murray used in Caddy Shack?
  • by Bill Location: CSC on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM
    No great loss. Prarie dogs are another name for gophers. They do nothing for the environment. Just consume anything they want & are generally a pain in the rear end.
  • by Jay Location: Springs on Mar 17, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    It's still more fun to shoot them!!!
  • by anonymous Location: colo springs on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:57 PM
    I don`t like it!!! When people build there homes in rural areas who was their first? prarie dogs, duh!
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