In Reply to: Rabid Racoon posted by Dean on April 10, 2019 at 08:30:12:
Being a hunter, I will shoot any varmint if they come in range. Varmints are open year round and you don't need a license to shoot on your own property. Raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes, cats, feral pigs whatever -they all are predators of game species, duck and pheasant eggs and youngens, and the coyotes will eat them and deer and elk too. The biggest problem around here are the Canadien Geese (coyotes too) and they are protected by seasons that are short and only in the fall/late winter. They come in to all the lakes and ponds around here to nest and we can't touch them. There should be a grenade season as the geese poop is everywhere all summer. Most geese are herbivores so they don't kill/eat any fish but if they did you can bet the DNR/NRC would create a spring season and extend the ones they have. Right now the DNR allows people to patrol the areas around lakes and ponds and when they find a nest, shake the eggs to destroy the embryos. The eggs don't hatch and then the adults who pair up and mate for life will not return the next year to the same spot. The problem with this routine is that next year, a whole new group of geese come into the area to mate and nest so it's a moot point/effort. Despite these attempts, there are multiple broods of them every year that do make it. A typical family consists of the two parents plus about a half dozen chicks on average. They stick around all summer and only when the snow flies and water freezes will they migrate. So, even if you don't hunt, controlling the varmint population is a great benefit to the folks who do.