Could be, hopefully the chickens or other pets won’t get ahold of any.
That would require me to have a gun. I don't. The easiest thing I can think of is to put a rope on my trap and throw it in the river for a minute or two, haul it out of the river, then shake the wet dead rat out of the trap. For me it is just simpler to open the trap and say bye bye.Turn the live trap on its side and a .22 gets rid of the rat. Rats, raccoons, chipmunks and possums all are very unwanted in my barn.
If they stay in the wood, I don't bother them, but big old river rats etc. Nope!
That is terrible! Don't blame you for being at war with the cute little terrors. Been to several hiking trails where it is recommended to wrap your car in chicken wire so porcupines don't get at the hoses.Chipmunks did $2500 to my tractor in 2 days. They ate all the
wiring, rubber hoses (fuel lines) and ate through some metal hydraulic thing. Plus ate a hole in a hydraulic line.
Chipmunks Roasting On An Open FireChipmunks are not our friends!