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Re: chippers was: birds and other critters

Yes...they are not the brightest about cats.  My old cat used to
catch them a lot - and my current cat did too; seems chipmunk is
right up there with bird as flavor of the day..now, she is campused
as she will not leave the birds alone and I have told her I do not
feed them for her enjoyment; if she insists on catching them, she
does not go out; she paid me no note, so she now only gets to sit in
the window and dream.  With hunting cats outdoors, our population of
chippers dwindled to almost zero; they are back in full force now;
unfortunately, so are the voles.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> In a message dated 02/17/2003 10:49:06 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> mtalt@hort.net writes:
> > .  Not the world's brightest critters; have had
> > them run straight over my foot a few times. 
> That's putting it mildly.  The ones here will sit on a rock and
yell at our 
> old cat (the only one who goes outside - really fat and lazy) until
> finally goes for it.  Then, when caught, they go limp like dead.
When the cat 
> puts the chippy down, it is off like a flash, only to stop and yell
> NYEH!" at the cat as soon as it thinks it is out of reach.  
> My whole back bank is a warren, and the entire back lawn (that's a
> term for weed patch) is full of holes.  The same cat (not much
brighter than 
> the chipmunk) will sit by one of the holes for half an hour or more
until the 
> chippie comes up out of another and yells at him.  Maybe this is
the way they 
> both get their jollies.
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