I'm assuming you guys know about this. I saw this on Discovery Channel. I thought it was really funny so did a search.
Now I'm not wanting to put this here for any type of don't shoot 'em value, I just thought it was ridiculous and really funny to see. As a South African I know nothing aobut prarie dogs other than from reading US magazines, videos and the net. It's quite something to see the guys come flying through a pipe, smashing into a padded pillow type area and then being picked up and popped in containers for "relocation".
At least you now know next they argue that towns are disappearing you can bring 'em back from elsewhere! Also, do the math - 8 hr day = $ 1000 for maybe 1500-2000 dogs. Maybe quicker than a 22-250, but not necessarily cheaper!
MAKING A "CLEAN SWEEP"
Like something out of a science fiction movie, the newest prairie
dog control tool, a huge contraption called the "Dog Gone"
"sucks 'emupandhauls 'emaway"accordingtoanarticleinaJuly
issue of the Denver Post. Deemed safer, faster and cheaper than
usual control methods by its inventor Gay Balfour, the "Dog
Gone" resembles a massive vacuum cleaner. The rodents are
literally sucked from their burroughs into a roaring 300-mph wind
tunnel and find themselves deposited inside a truck with hundreds
of their equally confused colleagues. This prairie dog's "nightmare
from hell" has also been a hit with animal rights activists. "I'm all
for it. It sounds like a really humane way to remove them," said
outspoken Denver animal activist Robin Duxbury. According to
the article, the idea for the "sucker-upper" came to Balfour in a
dream. Balfour owns the Modern Welding and Machine Shop in
Cortez, Colorado and he constructed the giant vacuumn machine
himself. Cost of renting the machine is $125 per hour. The
operators claim it clears about 20 acres a day, or 800 holes, each
of which may contain two or three or more prairie dogs.