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RE: 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. 


-----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.


-- james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
Thought some of you might enjoy this. It's from a British/French garden

"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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