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Maybe he should use a crock pot in the future

At least one part of this story sounds like an urban legend.

Odum Chaloeurn went to jail on an empty stomach.

The apparently very agile 48-year-old Lowell man chased and caught a squirrel by its tail Wednesday, cops said. And that's only half the tale.

Who the heck successfully runs down a squirrel? Speedy Gonzalez?

Chaloeurn pulled a "Survivor" on the squirrel, whipping it against a tree to kill it. Then, the resourceful wildlife gourmand placed the carcass into a makeshift backyard oven and began delicately roasting the little tree rat with a blowtorch.
One of Ann Althouse's commenters wrote-
I wonder what the charge would be if he had sauteed the squirrel in butter and garlic, then slowly simmered it the rest of the afternoon in mushrooms and Chianti and served it at dusk with polenta while Vivaldi played on the digital radio and his girlfriend slipped into something comfortable?
You could also put it on shish kabobs and cook via a George Foreman grill.
When police arrived about 3:30 p.m. they found Chaloeurn still cooking the mouth-watering squirrel over an open flame.

Police arrested Chaloeurn and charged him with animal cruelty, despite his insistence that the rodent's leaping days were over before he applied the torch.

Will a necropsy be done to validate Chaloeurn's claim? Maybe it should be done in public like the whale necropsy done in Florida a few years ago. Someone can sell tickets.

BTW Is hunting squirrel illegal?

For most of the state, it's open season on squirrels. A person may hunt the arboreal rodents as long as they have a hunting license. In Wildlife Management Zone 10, however, which includes Lowell, squirrel season starts tomorrow. It is unclear whether wildlife officers intend to cite Chaloeurn.
Of course Chaloeurn will be cited. I think he should fry. What do you think?

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Of course Chaloeurn will... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Of course Chaloeurn will be cited. I think he should fry. What do you think?

Stir-fry, in a nice brown gravy and mushroom sauce.

I prefer lightly sauteed.</... (Below threshold)
epador:

I prefer lightly sauteed.

With fava beans and... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


With fava beans and a nice chianti.

Pretty absurd. It's not as ... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Pretty absurd. It's not as if the squirrel population is in any danger. 'Catching your food yourself is illegal, it must come from a Conagra feed lot and be taxed.'

Chaloeurn is a hero and sho... (Below threshold)
engineer:

Chaloeurn is a hero and should be treated as such.

Everybody knows that squirrels go after ACORNs and we can not have that.

Crazy.From the sto... (Below threshold)
Clint:

Crazy.

From the story, though, it sounds like the guy's real problem is not making friends with his neighbors. They were the ones who called the police.

Also, clearly a sign we need to spend more money educating police officers on the law.

If cooking meat is now going to be de facto evidence of animal cruelty, we've got much bigger problems than one human interest story.

Squirrel,aka tree rat: Plac... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Squirrel,aka tree rat: Place in a pot and cook until tender. Remove from pot, pat dry, roll in flour with salt and pepper and fry until done.(same for Bugs Bunny), or simply leave in the pot until almost done and make a gravy in the pot with the squirrel. Tasty on hot Biscuits. This is real from someone who has killed and ate lots of squirrel in the past. Now I only eat venison and wild turkey while drinking Wild Turkey. I don't even have to hunt, they are in my yard every day. Been tuning up the crossbow today. The crossbow doesn't even disturb the neighbors. Only four packs of venison in the freezer, time for some fresh meat.

My dad grew up eating squir... (Below threshold)
just me:

My dad grew up eating squirrel.

Can't say I have any desire to eat a rodent with a bushy tail, but my guess is his method is what got him in trouble.

Grandpa used to say:<... (Below threshold)
the struggler:

Grandpa used to say:

If you wanna make squirrel-brain gravy,you gotta crack a few skulls.

If this blog were a left-le... (Below threshold)
Jake:

If this blog were a left-leaning blog, wouldn't this be the time where you'd be complaining about their elitist mindset and disdain for the common man?




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