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2 new weapons in arsenal against armadillos

4 years ago June 26, 2011 Jun 26, 2011 Sunday, June 26 2011 Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:19:48 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- Those pesky armadillos that fight rural Louisiana homeowners for dominance of gardens and yards may not be having their way as much.

Under a state law enacted last year, it's legal to shoot armadillos at night with the aid of artificial lighting. Louisiana State University wildlife specialist Don Reed says that's in effect from the last day of February until the last day of August.

Previously, daytime shooting was of little use since the animals sleep all day and dig by night.

Reed told The Advocate that LSU research employees have had success with wooden traps because if one armadillo is caught, the wood in the trap will hold that armadillo's scent, attracting other armadillos into the trap.

There are no repellants or poisons registered for armadillo control.

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