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Working with the “rocket men” of APHIS on bird capture nets

Finding new ways to round up pesky birds: Working with the “rocket men” of APHIS

FACES, PLACES AND GEAR by Greg Faulkner

“It’s not supposed to shoot the dang thing that far.

“It was never meant to throw a net that fast. Even the manufacturer doesn’t think it will work like that, but it does.” Walter Cotton, a Mississippi native who now deals with nuisance and endangered critters for the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS), was commenting on a new breed of rocketpropelled, net-capture gadgets.

Ever since I read a copy of a book a while back written by Frank Buck, the legendary animal trapper, I have been enthralled by his unique means of live capture.

 

Read the rest and much, much more in Issue 3, 2011 of Fish Farming News.  Download now for immediate access and keep the .pdf for future reference.

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