City decides against Rodenator to control ground squirrels - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City decides against Rodenator to control ground squirrels

The City of Spokane decided against using the Rodenator this year (Photo: KHQ) The City of Spokane decided against using the Rodenator this year (Photo: KHQ)

SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane is still considering ways to control the growing ground squirrel population in Finch Arboretum but they will not use a controversial device known as the "Rodenator" as they have in previous years.  

The "Rodenator" fills burrows and tunnels with a gas which is ignited to collapse the tunnels.  The Humane Society called the explosions "cruel" when the City used them in 2008.

 

The explosions were so loud that some neighbors called 9-1-1 last year.

 

Ground squirrels typically wake from hibernation in early spring and start breeding when the weather warms-up.

 

Authorities are considering a plan to trap and relocate the ground squirrels which burrow under trees and destroy root systems of wildlife in Finch Arboretum.

 

Nearby freeway traffic and residential populations have reduced the number of natural predators the ground squirrel has in the area.

 

A city spokeswoman says the "Rodenator" equipment is still owned by the Parks Department

and could be used in the future, but they do not plan to use it this year.

 


 

Previous coverage:

Ground squirrels remain despite 'Rodenator' efforts (June 3, 2009)
…Downtown. The device, known as the ' Rodenator ,' pumps propane and oxygen into tunnels ……employed an explosive device known as "the Rodenator " to destroy the animals this spring ……later this summer, but Russell says the Rodenator has served its purpose this year and …

Spokane Parks: 'We'll listen to other ideas on Rodenator' (April 15, 2009)
…you do not agree with the use of the rodenator , tell us what you think should be done ……Parks Department to end the use of the Rodenator , a machine which fills burrows with ……possible alternatives, but Russell says the Rodenator will continue to be used until then …

Spokane Humane Society responds to 'Rodenator' use (April 14, 2009)
…released a statement concerning the City of Spokane's ' rodenator ,' a tool used to battle what the city calls an unprecedented ……and collapses the tunnel. For more information on the Rodenator , click here. The statement is as follows: …

City attacks unprecedented rodent population (April 10, 2009)
…it was just the City of Spokane using a tool known as the ' Rodenator ' to exterminate the rodents. A City spokeswoman said ……squirrels. The City says they plan to continue using the Rodenator through at least next week. Several viewers called …

Demonstration of Rodenator - Video via YouTube
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