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Canyon County goes Caddyshack on gophers

James Martell, director of the Canyon County Department of Weed and Pest Control, talks about the gopher control efforts of the department next to a taxidermied pocket gopher and gopher traps on display on the tailgate of his truck Tuesday morning outside a Nampa home. (Greg Kreller/Idaho Press-Tribune)
James Martell, director of the Canyon County Department of Weed and Pest Control, talks about the gopher control efforts of the department next to a taxidermied pocket gopher and gopher traps on display on the tailgate of his truck Tuesday morning outside a Nampa home. (Greg Kreller/Idaho Press-Tribune)

Idaho has had gopher-control efforts for years, partly because of the damage, and partly because farmers in the Idaho Legislature “didn’t have anything else to do in the winter but pass laws” and allowed for the creation of local pest control districts, said Jim Martell, gopher trapper and the county’s gopher control supervisor.

The pest district traps gophers and also pays a bounty of $1 per tail to people who bring them to the district office.

More than 28,000 have been turned in for payment this fiscal year. That’s down from just over 40,000 gopher tails turned in for bounty by this time last year. Read more.



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.