Critter Ridder Owner Charged in Involuntary Squirrelslaughter Case

250px-Lightmatter_wild_squirrelAuthorities in Hazlet, New Jersey have criminally charged Kathleen Buck, owner of Critter Ridder, for animal cruelty after she caught a squirrel that perished in her trap.

Buck was called in to catch the squirrel and placed a roof trap to get the job done. The squirrel was later found dead and it did not take animal CSI to fin the culprit. The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Kathleen Buck, noting that she failed to leave water and food for the animal and to come back to check the trap. Buck insists that the owner usually calls when the animal is trapped. This like an involuntary manslaughter case for squirrels, an involuntary squirrelslaughter.

She now faces four counts and has been marked as a bad nut by the local squirrel population.

I have always been a bit suspicious over trappers who promise to remove animals in some forest where they can live a natural and full life. Despite the ongoing Turley-Squirrel war over my bird feeders, I have reached a certain coexistence with my squirrel population. They are allowed to continue to try to scarf suet if they stay away from the kinder and the sunflower seeds. Of course, once a year, I have to dress in a squirrel outfit and sacrifice a suet to the Squirrel King, but that is a small price to pay.

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19 thoughts on “Critter Ridder Owner Charged in Involuntary Squirrelslaughter Case”

  1. Tommy,
    Did you have to bite your lip to keep from going on and on about what a macho outdoors man you are? You would probably enjoy hunting with Dick Cheney, as long as you stood in back of him.

  2. I suppose being ripped apart by an owl is a so much better death for a squirrel.

    Guess what, animals living in the wild rarely die of old age in bed.

  3. Gary T,

    Most theories of men’s “balls” has been dashed all to hell by Helen Thomas, since for the 8 Bush years this elderly lady was the one and only person in the press corp who had any.

  4. JT and all fellow Squirrel-Miesters,

    OUR squirrels LOVE peanuts – roasted, preferably, unsalted AND from Virginia, ideally…!

    Mine know I put their favorite treat out for them AND the crows, which keeps both camps ‘busy’ the entire day.

    It’s very ‘Zen’…

  5. Jill
    1, May 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm
    lottakatz and pardon me,

    There was a squirrel high on white oak bark in my neighborhood. …I’m suprised people aren’t licking the oak trees at night!

    LOL, It’s a big country Jill, right now there probably is someone, somewhere in America, licking an oak tree. And prob’ly looking for a frog too.

  6. howdy PEOPLE!
    There have been 4 bunny sightings in the past 2 days here. Alas, no squirrels. Perhaps they’re hiding.

    my google, ‘hallucinogenic bark’, got 324 hits.

    i’ve heard about those frogs.
    Mason Williams (“Classical Gas” guitarist) wrote this:

    Them Toad Suckers

    How about Them Toad Suckers,
    Ain’t they clods?
    Sittin’ there suckin’
    Them green toady-frogs.

    Suckin’ them hop-toads,
    Suckin’ them chunkers,
    Suckin’ them leapy types,
    Suckin’ them plunkers.

    Look at Them Toad Suckers,
    Ain’t they snappy?
    Suckin’ them bog-frogs
    Sure makes’em happy.

    Them huggermugger Toad Suckers,
    Way down south,
    Stickin’ them sucky-toads
    In they mouth.

    How to be a Toad Sucker?
    No way to duck it.
    Gittchyself a toad,
    Rare back and suck it!

    Two other “Them poems”, including one about moose, i believe, can be found here:

  7. Jill,

    In the Forrest in the lower Peninsula in Michigan they have a Frog that some people lick the under body and it is supposed to be like LSD. I understand it is bad juju. Never tried it and did not plan to.

  8. lottakatz and pardon me,

    There was a squirrel high on white oak bark in my neighborhood. It went crazy with that bark. I don’t know if there was something growing on the bark or if it was in the bark itself, but that critter was high as a kite! I actually called a pharmacologist to see if anyone knew of “bark high”, but he didn’t know what might have caused it. I’m suprised people aren’t licking the oak trees at night!

  9. pardon me?
    1, May 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    Watch out for that squirrel king.


    LOL, I’ve seen the squirrels in my yard pick up stuff and play with it, a bottle cap was the latest. I suspect that if they ever evolve enough to use tools and organize, all of us that deny them birdseed will see (perhaps as the last thing we see)an army of them dressed like the squirrel king, massing on our decks and porches. There will be a reckoning 🙂

  10. As annoying as squirrels can be, I imagine that dying of hunger, thirst, and exposure in a cage is a pretty nasty way to go. Apparently this community has laws governing the practices of “critter ridders” and as a professional, Ms Buck should have been aware of them and followed them.

    And what all this has to do with France, I can’t imagine.

  11. GaryT,

    I have known some women I would not mess with. I would not check to see if they were male or female. I guess I lost mine at the time. lol

  12. I thought balls were the exclusive birthright of males.

    Hillary (and maybe Cherry) will just have to be satisfied with a pair of ovaries, admittedly without the same verbal impact.


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  14. cherry 1, May 24, 2009 at 7:35 am

    My Lord, the ignorance liberals have given us in this country.

    America is the world’s new France and just as the French are starting to finally realize they have to find some balls to survive in this world.


    Is it not time that you have develop some yourself? I am not saying that you can’t. I am just saying that, wouldn’t you like to be able to think for yourself, rather than being forced to say things you do not know what they mean?

    Come on Hillary has balls as you call them. She can think for herself. Can you? or is it easier to be like W and have others do they thinking for you. I think the word responsibility comes up and you run like a cockroach in the light. Are you really a cockroach? You can tell me.

  15. My Lord, the ignorance liberals have given us in this country.

    America is the world’s new France and just as the French are starting to finally realize they have to find some balls to survive in this world.

  16. Have you ever had a squirrel in you attic? How about on that runs through your house? I have to both of these. I am not sure when the squirrel was in the house who was more uncomfortable, me or it. They are not easy to get out, nor catch.

    Apparently she did her job just a little too well. Maybe she can get a gig in Gitmo. Bad humor, I know.

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