Gopher control with the Bun-Vac 6000

The farmers in Saskatchewan are once again grappling with how best to control the gophers (more correctly known as Richardson’s ground squirrels) that are over-running their croplands. Not many people, including myself, are entirely happy with even a temporary relaxation of the rules on using the pesticide Strychnine. Shooting gophers could make a difference, but there aren’t enough shooters in Saskatchewan to make a dent in the gopher population. Apparently there is a device on the market called the Rodenator that is considered a humane way to kill the varmints, basically by blowing them up by igniting a mixture of oxygen and propane in their tunnels.

Apparently $380,000 has been committed by the provincial Agriculture ministry to research the problem.

For the National Post story click here.

Perhaps the most fascinating solution mentioned in that article was proposed by an animal-rights activist from B.C.

“There are vacuums that can suck them out of their holes without harming them, and you could set aside some Crown land or farmers’ land for gophers to use,” she said. “Then you could use vegetation they prefer, or radio frequencies to keep them on that land.”

I can’t help but wonder whether she’s thinking of the Bun-Vac 6000, featured in that documentary Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit …

4 Responses to “Gopher control with the Bun-Vac 6000”

  1. Dan Loseth says:

    From National Post story—– “Have we got a deal for her,” he said. “She can come vacuum them up and haul them back to B.C.” ——

    This would be a sweet deal for the gophers as they are protected on crown land here in B.C. also they would be easy to transport since the Bun-Vac 6000 is a mobile unit.

  2. Marc says:

    The government is apparently watching your blog, Phil—or at least the CBC is.

    I caught a bit of Sounds Like Canada on CBC1 this morning. They were interviewing the Rodenator guy and at the end of the segment they played the Bun-Vac sequence from Wallace & Gromit.

    I’m not sure if that breaks your creative commons rights or not.

  3. Phil L says:

    I’d like to think that Philgrim’s Blogress is a leader in gopher control commentary, but I’m sure that half the people who had seen that movie made the same connection when they read the news story.

    So I guess I won’t contact my lawyer.

  4. Marc says:

    C’mon, Phil. Don’t sell yourself or your insights short.

    :)