Hunters posse up to kill woodchucks that vandalized cemetery

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Archers On The Hunt In New Milford After Woodchucks Topple Cemetery Headstones.

The woodchucks have been digging under gravestones in the Center Cemetery in New Milford, causing some of the old stones to tip over because they do not have cement bases, cemetery superintendent Mike Sennello told the Associated Press. With 84 acres and 10,000 gravestones to tend to, officials at Center Cemetery said these hunters have a lot of ground to cover and they’re up against an army of at least 12 groundhogs. Signs were posted in advance of Tuesday’s hunt at the entrances to the cemetery advising visitors that it would be closed Tuesday and late afternoons for the rest of the week. Sennello had spoken with Christopher Vann, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, before scheduling the hunt. The reason for the shortage of catches is possibly because a few days ago, a bobcat was on the prowl. “If they’re not here and we don’t catch anything, we’ve met our goal,” Sennello said. “If we catch a lot and eradicate them, then our goal is met too.” Tuesday was the only day the cemetery will shut down.

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