Can someone tell me what kinds of wild animals are being released along East Huron River Drive, and by whom? Should I be concerned?

I’m imagining giant tarantulas and honey badgers, but maybe it’s nutria.

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  1. Willard
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    That’s the spot I always dump my rats once they get too old to mate.

  2. Jcp2
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m betting live trapped raccoons. The conditions on their legal release are pretty restrictive. They cannot be released into public lands, only on private rural areas where the property owner has given permission for release.

  3. anonymous
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m guessing it’s hybrid creatures created in University of Michigan labs.

  4. Posted October 10, 2018 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    As for my more immediate problem, where shall I put this?

  5. iRobert
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Mark, a lot of the McDonald’s restaurants in the area have a giant habitrail set up right inside the front of their buildings. I assume you could just leave it there.

  6. M
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    My guess is that a pest control company in the area has designated that spot for the release of animals caught in live traps, as I can’t imagine a scenario where numerous individuals, unbeknownst to one another, just happened to dump their wild animals in the same spot.

  7. iRobert
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I want to see you try to board a flight at DTW with that thing, claiming it’s your emotional support animal.

  8. Eel
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Someone needs to take this creature to the glory hole at the Big Sky Diner the next time Thayrone X is there, throwing one of his shindigs.

  9. iRobert
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    He goes by Thayrone XXX at those events.

  10. maryd
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    It must be Woodchuck Woods or Ground Hog Bog?

  11. iRobert
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    That would be a great location to set up a roadside barbecue stand, cutting out the middleman.

  12. wobblie
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I’ve wondered about that sign for years. Thanks for bringing it to the lime light.
    Jcp2, I did not know you could not release wild critters on public land. I’ve trapped about a dozen skunks, ground hogs, raccoons and opossums trying to live under my deck over the last few years. I thought repopulating the Water Street development with small game and wild life would be a good thing.

  13. Jcp2
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    3.605 Raccoon hunting, seasons; taking raccoons doing or about to do damage, person taking considered permittee.

    Sec. 3.605 (2) A property owner or their designee may take raccoon all year on property owned by the person when raccoons are doing or are about to do damage to the person’s property. A person taking a raccoon under the authority of this subsection shall be considered a permittee as defined by section 5.50 of this order. A written permit is not required, and the person shall be authorized to take raccoon all year by otherwise ​

    5.51 Damage and nuisance animal control permit, issuance, release requirements, reporting.​

    Sec. 5.51

    (7) Live raccoons captured under a damage and nuisance animal control permit shall be possessed and released only as follows:
    (a) Raccoons, if released, shall be released only in the same county where captured and if held in
    captivity shall be isolated in a manner to prevent physical contact with animals not originating from the​
    same county. Each cage shall be tagged by the permittee with the county of origin and date of capture.
    (9) Captured animals shall not be released from or upon a public roadway or right of way. Captured animals shall not be released upon the lands of another person, whether private or public lands, without the consent of the landowner or land manager.​

  14. Jcp2
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    The American Humane Society is against trapping and releasing wild animals as survival rates for relocated animals is dismal. They have no access to known food sources, safe dens, or escape routes from predators, so either starve slowly or hunted down quickly. I

  15. Lynne
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    JP2 I admit it. I hate mice so much that I often live trap them and release them in an area where I have seen a lot of hawks. Other times I live trap them (because the live traps work better) and then drown them in a bucket. I throw their bodies outside near my house so the other mice know what happens to mice who dare enter.

  16. Eel
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    We should release all wild animals inside the Big Sky Diner.

  17. S.P.
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Can I share this on my site… Steve Pickard The critter control places and private citizens. Its actually illegal to relocate pests like raccoon etc. Its bad ecology too. Youre spreading disease to new frontiers. A trapped raccoon relocated to a new part of town just spreads the problem. Ill relocate a groundhog or possum or skunk but its bad to relocate raccoons

  18. John Brown
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Don’t relocate. Cull. If it’s a nuisance animal then suck it up and do the right thing . Kill it as humanely as possible. Take your live trap into your closed garage, place the trap on at least 3/4″ plywood, and shoot the critter through the top of the head between the ears towards the base of the skull. Then either bury it or put it in the compost if your pick up takes “meat scraps”. A .22 will be stopped safely by the plywood. Air rifles won’t cut it on adult groundhogs with hardened skulls.

  19. Posted October 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    What wobblie said. I have no idea what this is about (and I think it’s kind of weird how this discussion has turned into a way of dealing with raccoons so specifically), but I drive by this sign all the time too and also wonder wtf.

    BTW, here’s a link on Google maps for about where this is at on Huron River Drive.

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