Category Archives: animals

Rabies – After TEOTWAWKI Rabies Will be a Major Threat

Since we have been discussing dog bites, and a friend sent me an excellent thought provoking article on rabies, I dog with rabiesdecided this was a good subject to post on today.  As part of this post, I am doing something unusual; I am including an article from http://armageddonmedicine.net/ written by Dr. Cynthia J. Koelker of whom I am a fan.

Worldwide rabies causes about 55,000 human deaths annually.  Ninety five percent of these deaths   occur in Asia and Africa.  About 97% of human rabies cases are the result of dog bites.  Any warm-blooded animal, including humans, can become infected, although birds have only been known to be infected in experiments.…

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Dog Bite Dangers After a Disasters

This is an article on dog bite dangers sent in by one of our readers that i think is something that needs to be taken dog biteinto consideration. The article is from the Wall Street Journal.

Dog-bite danger: After a natural disaster, dogs may be more likely to attack people unprovoked, according to a study in Preventive Medicine.

The Japanese study found that the number of dog bites was almost 30 times as great in one small city in the weeks following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster as in the previous year. Animal behavior often changes before a major seismic event but only a few studies have looked at the post-disaster period, the researchers said.…

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Butcher Knives, How little You Really Need to Butcher a Large Animal

I have wanted to write a blog for some time on what butcher knives are required to process large animals.  Now Butcher Knivesthis is an area in which I am definitely not an expert.  It has been a while since I butchered something and then I had help.  So I contacted a friend in Wyoming and asked him for help.  He has lived there for many years and is an avid hunter.  He lives on wild meat, hunting elk, antelope and deer.  Over the years, he has skinned and butchered many an animal.  Most years he gets at least two of the three.…

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How to Get Rid of Fleas when There are No Pesticides Available

Fleas, these little bloodsucking pests not only are irritating to man and beast alike, but can also cause severe skin problems in both dogs and cats.  The adult dog flea is a wingless insect equipped with a set of powerful hind legs that enable it to jump nine inches straight up or five feet sideways.  Adult fleas feed only on blood.

Today with all our modern pesticides, we live comparatively free of pests like fleas.  But if we lose access to modern pesticides and have to take a step back in time, we would find life to be very different.

Today I had a talk with my parents about how they handled fleas on the farm he was raised on. …

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More on Feral Dogs and Other Wildlife that May be a Problem

Every year in our area, we have to build deer proof fences around our family gardens.  These have to be a least 6-foot high or the deer will jump them.  Our chicken coops have to be well built to protect the chickens from raccoons, coyotes, foxes and other predators.  Bears will periodically visit garbage cans within a short distance of our home.  Because of the stupidity of game laws, cougars are seen regularly around the outskirts of our community.  Feral cats are all over the area and are hard on the local bird population.

Now I know it a real emergency with laws the deer, wild turkeys and other small game would rapidly disappear.…

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Deadfalls and Snares

I am fascinated by old books written by the pioneers, and every so often, I am lucky enough to find one that gives information that is useful for preparedness.  Today I found a book written in 1907 called “Deadfalls and Snares” by A R Harding.  It is a large book on how to set and build many different types of traps, deadfalls and snares.  In addition, the book covers various methods of skinning and taking care of the hides.

The book can be downloaded from the following site for free http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34110/34110-h/34110-h.htm#C04 or purchased on Amazon for about $12.00.

This book is a good addition to your library and shows a lot of old method of making deadfalls that I have not encountered in the past. …

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The Problems of Feral Dogs in a Major Disaster

In any kind of a large-scale emergency, whether financial, EMP or some something else that causes large scale disruptions, a lot of people will turn their pets lose.  Now I know that many of you will suggest that they should eat them and I am with you.  However many of the animal loving liberals will turn their pets lose because they won’t have the heart to kill them.  In addition it there are wide spread deaths many animals will escape.

Now most animals don’t present too much of a problem, except maybe around zoos or exotic animal farms, but dogs can easily go feral.  …

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How to Cook Strange Foods

Today I am going to discuss some information that is taught by the U.S Military about how to cook wildlife in emergency situations.  Most of us have a pretty good idea on how to cook deer, elk and other common game.  But what about the unusual animals you may have to eat when food is short.

Scavenger birds like crows, vultures and buzzards should be boiled for at least twenty minutes to kill the parasites, before cooking.  Save the feathers of all birds, they can be used for insulation.

When cleaning game save the blood, boil it thoroughly.  It is a good source of food and salt.…

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Trapping Rats

Last year one of my sons had a rat problem around his chicken coop.  He killed quite a few rats and the problem lessened.  One of the ways he killed them was to bury a garbage can in the ground and place a piece of plywood with a hole cut in it over the opening.  He then put some chicken feed in the bottom.  The next day there were fifteen rats trapped in the can.  He then filled the can with water and drowned the rats.

Since then he has killed more rats with this method.  You have to wait a bit between uses. …

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What to do About Rats and Mice

In a long term emergency depending on where you live, rats and mice may quickly become a problem. Rats and mice reproduce quickly so you can’t ignore this problem. I suspect you will have more problems in the city or urban areas than in the country. Rats and mice spread disease, destroy food and cause other types of damage. Rats can chew through plastic buckets and even some metal containers.

Now, if you have a rat problem there are two ways to look at them, are they just a pest or a source of food?  If they are a potential source of food, you have to be careful about poisoning them.…

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