Rodenator®. Heh.

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters)

A war on gophers waged by two Canadian men went awry this weekend when a device used to blast the rodents in their holes sparked a massive grass fire in a rural area near Calgary, Alberta, causing more than C$200,000 (US$197,000) in damages.

Despite a ban on fires in the tinder-dry area of Springbank, just northeast of Calgary’s city limits, two men went into a field to kill gophers using a device called a Rodenator, fire officials said on Monday.

The device pumps a mixture of propane and oxygen into gopher holes, which is then ignited, and, according to the manufacturer’s Web site, the resulting blast creates a shock wave that kills the gopher and collapses its tunnel system.

“We had a couple of acreage owners out taking care of their rodent problem with this device,” said Captain Joe Garssi of the municipal district of Rocky View’s fire department.

“They did a few holes successfully and then hit a hole that didn’t go in very far. When they filled it with propane it over-filled the hole…and when they ignited it (fire) flashed out of the hole into the grass beside them.”

The resulting grass fire scorched about 160 acres of surrounding property and destroyed a number of outbuildings. No homes were damaged.

“The way I look at it, it’s ‘humans eight, gophers one’.” Garssi said, as the two men destroyed about eight of the rodents before sparking the blaze.

Charges are being considered against one of the two men involved.


6 Responses to “Rodenator®. Heh.

  1. tizona Says:

    Yea well, like to see those bozo’s try that with some of the gophers we have here. They’d take that shit, stick it up their asses torch it and laugh.

    Have many at the golf course I dig weeds and turf, when I play. One though is the course mascot…burrows between the rocks on the creek at the ninth hole. BIG SUCKER. Raises his family there, he does.

    At least once a day, he and the family come out and sit on #9 green. They think it’s fun to see the balls on the green and they inspect each one. FREAKS the golfers out, especially when they start running toward the golfer instead of the ball…. :).

  2. Rebecca H Says:

    In Texas (and most of the west, in fact), it’s prairie dogs that are the problem. They don’t just dig a few holes, they fill up entire pastures and fields with holes. My dad and his brothers used to go prairie dog hunting, because they just hated them, especially my uncle who was a cowboy in his younger days. The worst thing that could happen, he said, was your horse would step in a prairie dog hole, throw you, and break its leg.

    Here’s some info on them, especially on the biggest prairie dog town ever found.

  3. Angus Dei Says:


    Rebecca: I hunt prairie dogs on a 30K acre ranch out here. The owner hates them to because of the danger the holes pose to the livestock. It’s good target practice.

  4. Ash Says:

    I wish I was allowed to play “Shoot the Furry Fucker” down here in Aus, but it’s barely legal to own a gun as it is. 😦

  5. spot_the_dog Says:

    #3 PAAAAAAAACOOOOOOO!!!! indeed. Just where is that man anyway?… And is there a Squirrel connection??

  6. bingbingloveshisblingbling Says:

    Could that technique have worked in Vietnam?

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