I shall retract the lawbreaker statement as I can not get verification as to the specific regulations regarding relocation of RVS (rabies vector species) in Louisiana. I do have from at least three colleagues of mine from that state that it is illegal to do so. I may be wrong as I can not find the regulations pertaining to NWCO activities in that state other than relocated animals do require the written permission of the landowner upon whose land the animal is released.
Now I make no pretense that I do not like this clown Billy. He is an idiot of the first magnitude and a blight upon my chosen profession. A pure opportunistic huckster making a buck off of the misfortunes of his neighbors. Not that we NWCOs shouldn't recieve just recompense as any professional service provider should but that his false information and grandstanding ways just adds to the almost overwhelming burden we face daily trying to teach the general public in the sound biological principles wildlife management.
Bjorn, no slinking here. I work for a living and at best can check in from time to time on my BB until I can return home to post my rebuttals. To say that the pleasure of my day was not added to upon being called a slinker would be putting it mildly. a couple hundred more miles on the truck today and I get called a slinker, shame on you.
Back to the idiot, Billy not my accuser, do we as lovers of the ladies of the nectar really want someone in a feather boa being the spokesman for apiculture. I would hope not. Nor would we or I in my dual capacity as a beek and NWCO want his methods promulgated to the vast unsuspecting uniformed public as to the proper way to deal with stinging insects. Fortunately I have great faith in my fellow man and I seriously doubt I will be losing to much business to the leather chaps crowd. What has only been barely touched upon is the whole safety factor of his operations. Just what if that colony of honeybees had been full AHB or even one of our gentle EHB on a bad hair day. Where was his safety zone, had he advised the clients to vacate the area, I assume his camera crew was suited up but I never observed in that episode even a modicum of safety protocol. What I did see was a fool running and screaming after creating a situation where his own actions caused a stinging incident. Not only very unprofessional but not the image we want for those that may someday be asked to vote on matters pertaining to those things that we love. Overall the fool is a menace to society.
I shall further add claims of his ignorance by pointing out other episodes of his where I find fault. In the vein of honeybees did you see the one where he took his brother in to dea with them ALL THE WHILE KNOWING THAT HIS BROTHER HAS AN ALLERGY TO BEE VENOM. But then again that may not have anything at all to do with professionalism, it may be personal. BTW, has anyone seen the brother lately? How did he fare on those drug charges? It was a shame though that he and his ex wife had such a falling out on national TV. I'm sorry but the whole low rent white trash theme disgusts me. But I digress. In another episode he makes the spurious claim that beaver somehow use their dam to collect food, I won't bore you you beaver biology 101 but that is just so much horse apples. In the very same episode he attempts to manually capture a bever by ripping open it's lodge from the top, I guess he missed that big exit hole under the waterline. But never fear our hero set a cage trap baited with carrots and we all just know how much beaver love the tasty tree bark on those carrots, right. Then after who knows how much personal effort our zero gets to release mr beaver from the cage, WITH a SNARE MARK ON IT (the beaver not the cage), into a lovely habitat full of other beavers that will welcome it with open arms and bare teeth and claw. To delve even further one must touch on his lovely handling skills with the skunks. Like a good fart joke our hero somehow manages to pull off this sort of slapstick not to mention contaminating his clients premises which in my world means a deodorizing job ON MY DIME FOR CAUSING SUCH a STINK. But then again what do I know, I only advertise ODOR FREE REMOVAL and have never done a free of charge deodorizing. But his herpetogical knowledge is always worth the plug nickel for admission. Like Copperfield he can make copperheads appear where only moments before there was a moccasin or is that the other way around. Water snakes and moccasins are of no import to him they are all the same.
Well I shall end this here as I was about to slip into pet species Chiroptera and can not continue in this vein without sliding into the very coarse vernacular. So I bid you adieu on this thread, maybe we can take it up elswhere but for now stick a fork in me I'm done.