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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

The opossums do not bother the cats - they are too busy looking for food and even that night of the two visitors, they did not make any threatening moves toward me. They do hold their mouths open, but that is a just a warning not to come too close. Yes, the little ones on the mother is great - how they hang on and she protects them high in the trees. I just talk softly and nicely to them.

Last night I noticed a stone at our neighbor's fence that had been moved and the soil dug out. So, I moved the trap over to the entrance and covered the trap with an old table cloth, putting concrete blocks on each
side to make a pathway to the trap.

Left that there all night - no other animal would be getting into it, unless they came from the other side. Some peach jelly added to the other bait.

Nothing this morning - but later in the afternoon, the little critter was in there. And he wasn't very happy. Talked to him/her, assuring that no harm will be done. There was a truck where I usually release them so I had to drive around to another area farther away from the brook - this is where we used to play when we were kids - lots of polliwogs and frogs etc.

I would like the foxes being around if I wasn't so worried about the cats. Several people have told me that the fox is probably far away by now, checking other areas of it's territory. They like woodchucks by the way, but voles are the favorite prey. I have seen them when I was growing up and even a few years ago running up to the road when I was visiting my Aunt Carrie. A cat ran across the road and the fox stopped. Perhaps the fox mistook the cat for a vixen. I hope.

When I told the neighbors that I caught the woodchuck, I noticed a big gray cat sitting in the bushes across the street. I thought it was Phil but larger. Our neighbor said that it was actually a statue, as they have a woodchuck over there too. Weeks ago, Slug was over there staring into the bushes and I kept calling him, saying that there was nothing there - no reflection from any eyes. I'll have to bring Slug over there to see what reaction he has.

In California, when Kim had Gracie, there was a stone cat statue that Kim put on the back deck. Once I watched her walk by the statue and turn to give it a bite. No rivals allowed.

Best to leave the animals alone - though there can be a problem with over population. Over at the closed Samson military base (between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes), there are protected white deer. Since the area is fenced in, there is no intermixing and no hunting. They are beautiful.

Oh well, have to water the garden and flowers, plus our neighbor's plants too.

Take care all,

Dave



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

re foxes I remember my next door neighbour's daughter had hens and she always locked them up at night and one morning when she got up a fox had somehow got into the henhouse and killed ALL the hens she found some of them a little way from the hen house - they had been killed and left lying. So she hid and watched for a while and the fox came back and took away one hen at a time until they were all gone. She said if she hadnt been so curious she would have got the shotgun out!! I did feel sorry for the hens but I guess the fox/vixen may have had some young to feed!!
Probably I would have felt different if it had been my pets it had had for lunch Silenced
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is the dilemma with the wild animals - they are just trying to survive and raise their offspring.

The problem is when they go after pets and farm animals.

Last night the raccoon was on the porch again and the trap was step up in our neighbor's yard to catch the woodchuck/groundhog. Slug was laying on the shag bed on the floor and did not pay attention to the raccoon. Snip was watching from a safer place on the top of the kitty condo, which is on top of a milk crate, so even higher.

It looked pretty chubby - not sure how much is fur. So it ran away when I came out. I wish it could find some better natural source of food.

It rained yesterday very nicely - also filled the bait cup in the trap.

Oh well,

Dave

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