Posted: 26/01/2013 at 08:38
Perhaps you didn't notice that I did say there's a public footpath crossing my land! I've no objection that - but the people who come after the rabbits don't stay on the footpath......... and I want to know they are there and are taking rabbits, because I don't want the risk of any sort of accident to other animals/people, which is what apparently happened to an acquaintance of someone else who's posted on this thread.
I use the local field footpaths myself, but have asked permission from the owner of the adjoining estate for access to the woodland treebelt where I now often take my dogs for a walk. There's a "no trespassing" notice + text indicating it's private property & I wouldn't go there without having asked them.
You might not have noticed either that in an earlier post I said that if the chap in question had been a better shot, he'd have got away with it. I read a report about the case too, and got the clear impression that the man was reported by his neighbours who appeared to be in dispute with him anyway. I still don't understand why you seem so concerned about people trying to get rid of squirrels. They are classed as vermin. Would you mind about it if they weren't a "cute little animal with a furry tail" - i.e. a rat? I'd hoped to make it clear that I'm against cruelty of any sort, and in the case of rats and squirrels, traps might be a better way of dealing with them. However, a rat trap is designed to kill a rat but a squirrel trap takes them alive so that they have to be "despatched" by other means. In my own opinion, a good marksman is probably a better solution in that the squirrel probably won't know what's coming, and doesn't have to spend some time in a cage first.