If you live in Central Texas, (Chappell Hill), and you have a garden or yard that you care about, sweat over, spend way too much money on, and just want to relax in, armadillos are NOT CUTE. I can’t shoot them, as my neighbor’s do, so I “relocate them” under a nearby river bridge. Seems like armadillo heaven to me…soft digging, an area already overflowing with snakes, coyotes, spiders and dillos, what’s one more??? They can actually dig 25 foot long tunnels under patios, houses, etc. causing much damage. In addition, they dig up all new seeds and flowers in my flower beds, and I LOVE gardening. Grr.
So, if you can’t accept cohabitation with them, you can either shoot them, or trap them." I trap. And I’m good at it. Imagine my surprise, when my trusty Golden Retriever ran up to the trap early one morning as we were making our early morning inspection rounds. His tail was wagging. I knew we had gotten lucky. I only prayed it would not be a skunk. Imagine my surprise when I saw 40 pounds of twin dillo in the trap. I thought I was hallucinating. Now, I have a reputation in the area as the sharpest armadillo trapper in the area. A lot of people never get lucky enough to trap ONE, I had trapped TWO. This was epic. I knew this would bolster my rating. And, I wear my “trapper joan” badge proudly.
If you know anything about traps, you know that by the time the first foot of the trappee reaches the trip in the trap, the door slams down behind the animal. I’ve had some hefty armadillos break their way out of the trap, ruining the trap. More $$ thanks to these unwanted guests. But not this time!
Now think about this…The ONLY way there could have been two armadillos in this trap was if….well… SHE carried HIM IN on her back, as in “Motel No Exit.”
I’m sure that the happy couple are now enjoying life along the river. I’m sure they had much to talk about after their release as they ambled off into the woods towards the river. However, a friend of mine tells me I should paint something on their shells so I would know if they just head right back to “home” in our yard. I just wish they would ALL go to the river. What a happy hunting ground it would be!
Canon EOS 50D Canon EF 18-200 mm lens