A Public Hanging in Dentdale
A rather macabre sight in the depths of Dentdale, mole catchers throughout the Dales traditionally display their success by stringing them up on a nearby fence for later inspection by the local landowner, and are then paid based on results1.
They’re widely recognised as pests: tunnelling through crops, their holes prone to injuring cattle, and the disturbed soil potentially contaminating silage with deadly Listeria that may be later communicated to livestock —still though, I can’t help but feel that it’s a rather backwards practice. Often the moles aren’t removed for ages and it’s not uncommon to smell them before you see them in the Summer months, their rotting corpses picked at by scavengers and reduced to slimy bone and gristle — Surely some traditions should just be laid to rest? And preferably not on barbed wire.