Re: Red Fox
My worst enemies were the feral rabbits someone had raised and turned loose. They ate every bloomstalk just before the buds would have opened. They also ate the young leaves as they began to appear. We live-trapped them and took them far away to live in the wild. The wild brush rabbits (sylvilagus bachmani) seem to leave everything alone and we have great numbers all the time.
We also have skunks, opossums, raccoons, coyotes, ground squirrels and tree rats. Everything pretty much leaves my irises alone. Try a little "universal" animal food off at the other end of your property - everything will eat it instead. And what is the universal food?
Every animal we have ever had around, including all the birds except the Turkey Vultures, seems to regard it as heaven-sent. The main problem - MORE and MORE animals arrive as they seem to tell their relatives. BUT -- they leave my garden alone.
Of course, we do not have any armadillos in Los Angeles. What do they eat? the plants or the insects and worms around them?
Jan in Chatsworth
jgcrump <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Bob -- Among your list of usual suspects, might there be a black one with a white stripe down its back? They sometimes come digging for certain favorite insects. Meantime, here's a photo of one of my garden helpers. -- Griff
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Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 9:33 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Red Fox
I got this problem with Mr. Red Fox (see photo). At night he must break out of his mold and go wondering around the garden digging up up newly planted or transplanted Iris. I replant them and the next night he goes back and redigs them up again. Two years ago he was digging up Chinnock Winds over and over again. This year he starts at one of the garden then goes to the other end then back. If I could only get him to do some weeding at the same time. By morning he has returned to his cozy little spot in the garden pretending to be cast in stone. Who is your pest? Included is a picture of months past, May 25, 05, to keep us yearning for next spring.
Bob in Denver
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