Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Hugger-4641, May 2, 2022.
Think I've got the answer!
Guess a couple spotted next county over.
Heard they had moved to southern IN, didn't know theyd gotten a ways north.
Protected unless doing damage LOL
A few years ago we were in town on Sunday morning. Mrs saw on Facebook that one was flattened on a side street. We drove there, and sure enough....it was a flat 'dillo.
I'm sure it rode in on a vehicle...but yep....I saw it with my own eyes.
We are fortunate that we do a fair amount of traveling. We saw so many dead armadillos on our last trip to and from Texas that we eventually just noted whether they were tips down. Or tips up. But we didn't say tips....(thanks autospell))....Anyway, we were joking because we both know that armadillos lay eggs. We have cooked them on our grill a few times.
I hope they were well done !!!
If they came from an Armadillo, they weren't eggs!!!
Got this one a few weeks ago. My 9-inch 300 BO with sub-sonics is a fun way to dispatch them. They are invasive and carry leprosy, they also are opportunistic turkey nest raiders though they are not as hard on turkey nest as opossums and raccoons can be. But other than that they seem pretty good, they dig up around downed trees eating bugs mostly. I have fun shooting them but at the same time don't mind having a few around.
Smoked Armadillo eggs!
My dad has some funny stories from Polk lol.
They're both mamals, but possums are actually marsupials, like a kangaroo.
Armadillos are neither rodent or marsupial.
Since they burrow into the ground, I suppose they could survive Canadian winter temps for brief periods, but they don’t hibernate, so without a food source, they probably can't last more than a few weeks. They feed on worms and insects, and here in TN, we have plenty of those even in winter.
132 nights... we recently caught one per night for three nights... That probably means we have lots of possum on the half shell
The armadillo is it.
I do understand they mess up lawns with their tunnels,,,
I mean as I type I have two of the tunnels in my front yard.
But why do people consider them to be "evil"?
I guess I'm becoming an old softie in my old age,,,
I just don't see the need to slaughter them just for existing.
Now having said that it wasn't too many years ago,,,
I killed over 20 of the critters in one summer,,,
They were ravaging a friends garden,,,
It was a major food source for her.
But unless they are causing actual damage,,,
Or eating your food producing garden,,,
Why not just live and let live.
To prove to the armadillos it could be done.
Not a tale. Armadillos sometimes will jump in response to a threat or being startled. If that is when a car is passing overhead, then they may jump into the underside of a car. Otherwise, a lot get killed just like other small critters, by getting hit by the tires.
Now, that video wasn't impressive. I used to have a poster of an armadillo high jumping. It was a cool photo. They can actually jump 4-6 feet, vertically when scared. https://www.forestwildlife.org/armadillo/
I actually like armadillos. I think they are a very cool animal from an evolutionary perspective, but I also know that they are not a truly harmless animal (few are). Yes, they will mess up a lawn, but this isn't a decor issue. They will mess up pastures, cause issues for livestock. They will cause problems (weakening of) with small dams. They can literally cause structure problems for homes and small buildings by burrowing under (destabilizing) piers. They can ruin gardens. They are a carrier of lepsrosy, which we gave them. No, the threat is not from their teeth and they won't eat you or your pets (unless your pets are bugs), but that doesn't make them harmless. Their biggest problem for us is that they are simply tenacious diggers and if you want/need/expect the ground to remain solid and stable, then you don't want armadillos.
Personally, they get a free ride on the lands that I own at this point as do many other non-harmless animals that I enjoy having as nature.
As for the evil moniker, various animals get the tough or evil moniker because people shoot them and the animal survives the onslaught, usually because the shooter is doing a really poor job with the tool that the shooter has, along with failing to understand biology. People seem to believe that if they shoot an animal and it does not die immediately, that it has some sort of super power because the blast from their pistol will cause a full grown man to fly through the air on TV or some such nonsense. Then, they fail to understand that once the adrenaline dumps, the animal (including people) is apt to be able to absorb a lot of damage until it succumbs, even though it was likely mortally wounded by the first shot that simply didn't shut down the CNS. So you got guys putting random shots into it, sometimes through the same holes (not doing new damage) and thinking the critter is undaunted and virtually unharmed. If they would have put one shot into it and watched it for a minute or so, it would likely be dead (because, surely the shooter isn't incompetent with a firearm) without the need for all of the additional shooting a proclamations of evil.
I have seen the same claims for opossums, raccoons, and hogs. None of these animals are special.
This thread talks about tough ground hogs and opossums...
More tough, zombie-like opossums.
Bullet proof armadillo - NOT
"Rodents, like opossums and armadillos, are tougher than you think" - which is really interesting given that neither opossums or armadillos are rodents.
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