Capybara Set Traps

Published: August 18, 2011

Capybara Set Traps, Officials in the region of Paso Robles say they can set traps after the workers of a factory wastewater treatment capybara spotted three weeks.Guards are ready to set traps for the live animal, said Lt. Todd Tognazzini, Department of Fish and Game. And he relocates to a group of animals to local non-profit. Before traps can be set, however, there must be further confirmed the observations of the animal for officials may restrict the area where he lives.

Meanwhile, Tognazzini said, anyone who spots the animal should contact the authorities – and to keep their distance. While capybaras (an example of this rodent is shown above) are not considered abusive towards humans, any wild animal should be treated with extra caution, he said.

“Like any wild animal, they will defend themselves, so we would not want anyone to approach it,” says Tognazzini.

Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world – they can reach the size of a small dog – and are often described as a cross between a rat and a pig of Guinea. They are nocturnal and semi-aquatic habits and prefer with dense vegetation and access to water. They are illegal to own as pets in California.

Rodents are not dangerous, “just bizarre,” said Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.
“Someone has probably made as a pet and they will be far from where people could not cope anymore,” Hughan said. “There is no harm. It just goes to the root around. ”

This is not the first time; a capybara was spotted in Paso Robles, Tognazzini said. Rangers received a report three years ago a capybara in a pond near Hunter Ranch Golf Course, but because there were no further comments and beavers living in the area, they thought was an erroneous report.

Eight months later, a man who was tending his horses said a large rodent-like creature came, afraid of his horses there, ate some hay and then chased after a dog. The man fired a shotgun to the animal to protect his dog and called wildlife officials after leaving the property. Guardians confirmed fingerprints at the scene were that of a capybara, but they set traps caught nothing, and no comments were reported.


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