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RE: Fwd: Squirrels


What you describe is a common occurence everywhere that people choose to
move out and develop. Around here the problem is developers buying up
farmland, building upscale housing, and then having the new residents
complain that the farm next door is spreading fertilizer. And, of
course, the critters. Actually, I miss the raccoons and possums that
used to visit my house up until last year. They may have caused a few
problems but I was able to manage around them. More and more building
out this way has either killed them off or moved them too far to visit.


The palm tree situation sounds bizarre.

Kitty

-- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
That's the problem you know, I guess it's like the problem you easterners
have with deer. I do not want to harm these guys but I would rather have
them eating rabbits and ground squirrels out where there's still desert.
However if I supply a chicken buffet, of course they'll go where life is
easier. My recourse is to make it harder for them and hope they decide to
migrate out to the remaining open spaces...which probably already have an
existing population of critters; or maybe they'll patronize someone else.
I like my house and my neighborhood, and we've put a lot of work into it
all; but I find that as the area becomes more crowded that our neighborhood
is getting more and more upscale because of our 2 1/2 acre lots. Good for
property values but not many of the new move-ins are bringing along horses
or other livestock so I am a little worried we are going to have problems in
the future, what if Mr & Mrs Smith with their new 8000 sq ft house decides
they don't want to hear roosters crowing or sheep bellowing for their
breakfast. 
Speaking of new neighbors someone bought a vacant lot down the street from
us and moved in a bunch of palm trees over the summer. No sign of home
building but there are enormous palms dotted all over. I am not conversant
on prices for this sort of thing but they had to bring in a crane to plant
them so I'm speculating 10 grand per tree. These are really huge trees, with
multiple trunks and all. Not to mention that these are palms I have never
seen growing locally so I'm interested to see if they'll live. One of them
has already died and been replaced. I can't figure it out. 

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 8:17 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fwd: Squirrels

It's such a shame that wildlife keeps losing out to development, but you do
have to protect your animals Cyndi.

Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 5:10 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Fwd: Squirrels


> We used to trap the ground squirrels around here, they do a good bit of
> damage, but haven't seen any for some time. Just as well they are supposed
> to be able to carry bubonic plague. Plenty of rabbits though. And while I
> was at home last week, I happened to look out the window one day and saw
my
> 3 ewe sheep staring rather intently at something in the yard. Turned out
to
> be a coyote, busily gulping down a luckless chicken. We had figured
> something was nabbing the chickens but hadn't tracked it down at that
point.
> In 12 years we've never seen a coyote in our yard before but with all the
> building going on they are getting a little short on habitat. I blocked up
> the holes it had dug to get under our fences but we'll have to do
something
> more permanent to get the chickens out of harm's way.  I'm not so worried
> about the sheep, last year my husband rebuilt their pens (because, you
see,
> he bought a gas welder, and had to use it on something) and so they should
> be proof against almost anything.
>
> Cyndi
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
> Of kmrsy@netzero.net
> Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:12 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fwd: Squirrels
>
> I like wildlife as much as the next person and put up with the
> shenanigans, but I do have one squirrel who screams and chatters at
> Seamus incessantly while I eat breakfast in the morning in the Florida
> room. I think he's probably the same one stripping the bark from my
> Norway maple. Him I can do without. No foxes around here.
>
>
> Did have a stray cat wander into the Florida room last night; put a dish
of
> food out for him.
>
> Kitty
>
> -- james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> Thought some of you might enjoy this. It's from a British/French garden
> chat.
>
> "There's a piece in our local free paper about food writer & garden
> lover Clarissa Dickson Wright. She practises lunar planting... which
> she says works. She uses wild-life friendly methods except when it
> comes to ----squirrels or ----foxes. Wise woman. She recommends
> squirrels in a stew with prunes & tomatoes and if a fox wanders in to
> the garden 'shoot it & make a nice hat.' But she warns that might bring
> a visit from the police to city dwellers."
>
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
>
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