May 30, 2006

Marmots Menace Senior Community

Photo by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald Republic

(Prosser, WA) Residents in a senior housing community are perturbed with the influx of a particularly aggressive group of marmots. The rodents are related to groundhogs and prairie dogs.

People in the Wine Country Villa senior subdivision are complaining about large burrows and rodent droppings, and even claim that the marmots have attacked some residents.

"Can you imagine what they'd do to cats?" asked Dick Bain, a resident who killed two marmots with a shovel Friday morning. "My neighbor got tackled (by marmots) two years ago and got chewed up pretty bad."

The animals, which can grow up to 30 pounds, are not considered a risk to transmit infectious disease. City ordinances prohibit the shooting of the marmots, and residents find their options of dealing with the animals are limited.

State officials say that the residents must first lodge complaints with the state, and wait for referrals of certified exterminators.

"It's not an animal you'd want to tangle with," said spokeswoman Madonna Luers of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Anonymous said...

Why am I thinking of Bill Murray all of a sudden?

Long time lurker..... said...

Based on the rising VD rates in the retirement homes maybe they should be worrying about something else. (snicker)

historymike said...

That WAS an odd story, wasn't it LTL?

For those unfamiliar with the reference, a Florida community that is advertised on television a great deal - The Villages, "Florida's Friendliest Hometown" - is quite the hotspot for elderly singles, and a doctor there is reporting high rates of herpes and genital warts.

Apparently the intersection of Viagra and single seniors is spawning an STD epidemic in the 70+ set.

LTL said...

Maybe we need to start an abstinence program there. This is proof of what happens when you teach safe sex to the elderly! (old people sex, ewwww, snicker)Where's Subcommandante Bob whem you need him.

Lisa Renee said...

I started thinking of Bill Murray too, glad I wasn't alone.


Brian said...

I want Liberal Dem to explain how this is George Bush's fault.

Dariush said...

You mean to tell me that those cute, cuddly little critters attack people?

BrianMaxson said...

They're aggressive because their diet is limited to jello and bread.


That was hilarious. Thank you.

Hooda Thunkit said...

I too instantly thought of Bill Murrray, at first.

Then, I remembered shooters out in Colorado, I think, practicing their shatp-shooting skills at 600-800 yards on prarie dogs or some such critters.

Of course there was nothing else around for miles (except prarie dogs), so there was little risk in shooting a neighbor or their favorite pet.

When viewed through a scope, you heard the shot, and shortly a puff of dust for a miss, and a spectacular eruption (I'll leave out the graphic details here), of "color."

Sport? Possibly.

Harmful? The prarie dogs probably thought so...