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Old 05-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #11
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They are harmless creatures,,,
Unless you like having a pristine yard.

I rarely see them but I do get the holes quite often.

My home is in a very old rural town in central Oklahoma,,,
Lots of stray dogs and cats roaming the area.

A few weeks back as I was backing out to drive to work,,,
I noticed one of the neighborhood adolescent kittens stalking something.

I paused for a moment to watch the hunt,,,
It was high-larious when I finally saw that it was stalking a small 'dillo.

The cat would pounce at it and land on the 'dillo's back,,,
Then the 'dillo would buck like a rodeo bull to dislodge the attacker.

I watched this happen 3-4 times before I absolutely had to leave for work.

It was the funniest thing I had seen in many a year.

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We have armadillos here, lots of them in places. i won't kill them. Fort Sill used to have an armadillo round up day. The animals were rounded up, weighed, tagged and released on the ranges.

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Where are you at, Tinbucket? We didn't have them in Illinois but we have them here.
They do get into Southern Illinois. I have seen them in Southern Indiana as well. The big cypress swamps along the Wabash. They cover Tin Bucket's home state of Tennessee.
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They are harmless creatures,,,
Unless you like having a pristine yard.

I rarely see them but I do get the holes quite often.

My home is in a very old rural town in central Oklahoma,,,
Lots of stray dogs and cats roaming the area.

A few weeks back as I was backing out to drive to work,,,
I noticed one of the neighborhood adolescent kittens stalking something.

I paused for a moment to watch the hunt,,,
It was high-larious when I finally saw that it was stalking a small 'dillo.

The cat would pounce at it and land on the 'dillo's back,,,
Then the 'dillo would buck like a rodeo bull to dislodge the attacker.

I watched this happen 3-4 times before I absolutely had to leave for work.

It was the funniest thing I had seen in many a year.

Aarond

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i have to disagree to a point. yes, they are pretty much harmless as far as their personality. they are very timid creatures. some people even catch them young enough and have them for pets.

but they can do lots of property damage if left unchecked. most ranchers and cattlemen don't want them around simply because of the burrowing they do for their habitats, and for feeding. these burrows are deep enough usually to break horses and cows legs when they step into them.

usually if i run across them in my yard, i just run them off. yes, they do dig!
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Florida has some, i would keep away from them, I've read they can transmit leprosy
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Florida has some, i would keep away from them, I've read they can transmit leprosy
Apparently it’s true, at least to some extent. I’ve always heard the story (probably an old wives tale) that way back when leprosy was a real problem a research lab in Louisiana was using armadillos as the vehicle for studying leprosy and some infected animals escaped into the wild.

Whether true of not, documented evidence shows some do carry the disease.

Here is a quote from a Smithsonian piece I found funny. I suspect the writer had never seen an armadillo!

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“...Experts say the easiest way to avoid contagion is to simply avoid unnecessary contact with the critters. And, of course, they advise not to go hunting, skinning or eating them (which is a rule the armadillos would probably appreciate, too)…."
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They have come in here (Houston County, TN) over the last few years; there were NONE here when we moved to this area.
Ellis, I have heard that story - but I have to suspect it is true; too many coincidental facts: It IS a fact that the only Armadillos that carried the disease were in LA, and now they find the ones in surrounding states carry it too, so it is spreading FROM that area.
The Leprosy research lab at Carville, LA started using armadillos in 1971.
The research was moved in 1992 to LSU in Baton Rouge, where they continue to have the only leprosy infected colony of armadillos in the world.

I have to suspect something.

On the GOOD side, 95% of humans are immune to this disease, and even for the 5% that CAN get it, it is difficult to catch and outpatient treatable if you DO get it.
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Back in southern floridas in my younger life I tried to eat um a couple times both that I've cooked them like you would a hog at camp , as roasted slow cook Cuban style or cut up a stewed down with veggies . We use to jokingly call them Hog On The Half Shell but only seem good as dog food or for kids to chase down and use as natures bowling bowls !!
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Apparently itís true, at least to some extent. Iíve always heard the story (probably an old wives tale) that way back when leprosy was a real problem a research lab in Louisiana was using armadillos as the vehicle for studying leprosy and some infected animals escaped into the wild.

Whether true of not, documented evidence shows some do carry the disease.

Here is a quote from a Smithsonian piece I found funny. I suspect the writer had never seen an armadillo!

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ď...Experts say the easiest way to avoid contagion is to simply avoid unnecessary contact with the critters. And, of course, they advise not to go hunting, skinning or eating them (which is a rule the armadillos would probably appreciate, too)Ö."
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They have come in here (Houston County, TN) over the last few years; there were NONE here when we moved to this area.
Ellis, I have heard that story - but I have to suspect it is true; too many coincidental facts: It IS a fact that the only Armadillos that carried the disease were in LA, and now they find the ones in surrounding states carry it too, so it is spreading FROM that area.
The Leprosy research lab at Carville, LA started using armadillos in 1971.
The research was moved in 1992 to LSU in Baton Rouge, where they continue to have the only leprosy infected colony of armadillos in the world.

I have to suspect something.

On the GOOD side, 95% of humans are immune to this disease, and even for the 5% that CAN get it, it is difficult to catch and outpatient treatable if you DO get it.
from what i have read, they are one of few mammals that can carry leprosy. i have heard some stories in the past, that was why many people wouldn't eat them anymore. now what i have never heard is conclusive proof that consuming armadillos that have leprosy can transmit it to a human though. may be possible, frankly i haven't a clue.

i too have heard the story of the study of purposely infected armadillos in Louisiana years ago. didn't know if it was true or not though. what i wonder is, even if some of those infected were out there in the wild, would their offspring carry the disease?
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A lot of them in Florida and they are a nuisance to lawns. I have a neighbor who uses an air rifle to take them out. He can do it at night with a flashlight mounted on the air rifle and the neighbors don't see him and shout "Oh God a madman with a rifle,k call out the National Guard!"

He has been quite successful in thinning the herd.


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