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If I kill a wild animal (for acting like a tough guy) is it animal cruelty????

Mcadoo, PA |

a groundhog keeps messing with me. It's not cool. Hes no punxatawny phil type. I want to beat him senseless for trying to intimidate humans & teach him why we are the alpha predators on this planet. I live within city limits and can't shoot this overgrown rodent. I guess a bat or golf club will have to be my weapon of choice seeing as I have no dog. I don't want my tree hugging hippy neighbors to call the law,though. I need to know if i can lawfully bash this ugly animals' skull into the dirt? HOO_RA!!!

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    In Pennsylvania you can trap groundhogs and either release them or kill them; however, I would warn you to kill the animal humanely - you CANNOT cause "unnecessary" suffering: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=622266&mode=2

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  3. "a groundhog keeps messing with me. It's not cool."

    The idea that a rodent is "messing" with you is absurd. The only one "acting like a tough guy" is YOU. Your proposed course of action smacks of animal cruelty.

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