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sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 8:14 PM

DEER

Wow, just walked back to the kitchen, where there's a sliding glass door, and 4 deer were trying to eat out of my birdfeeder. We stared at each other for a few minutes, then I scared them off, fearing they might come through the glass. Have about 15 acres of field and trees behind my house, even though I'm almost in town. Nearby though, lots of new houses have been constructed, and stand empty. Huge houses! Feel bad about the loss of habitat for the deer, and disgust at the building of all those McMansions that no one even wants now. I know that I'm a bleeding heart BTW.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 8:16 PM

I had 3 moose in the front yard a couple of weeks ago. I got some great pics. I was glad they decided to move on though.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 8:26 PM

Both sound beautiful and peaceful. I'd be scared of both, though. I just have geese and skunks and one fox! (It's only golfballs that crash through my glass.)

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 8:31 PM

Lodi, wasn't in your yard, promise!!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 9:37 PM

I wouldnt worry to much about the deer, I live in the country and there are more deer now than when I was growing up!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 10:03 PM

I only worry because they're becoming so different because of the habitat changes. They seem to be pretty hardy! Remember in Northern Calif. they were definitely a garden nuisance. And that was in the 80s!

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 10:08 PM

Three deer crossed my driveway in front of me this evening. Must be scouting out my garden.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 10:24 PM

ok, FTD.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:05 AM

I have to go do homework (don't ask), but I put a picture of Mama moose in my front yard in my photo gallery. Anyone who has been to my house knows that's about 20 feet from my front door.

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:13 AM

the only animals in front of my house are mustangs from ford and cougars from pontiac.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:20 AM

I've got a Gopher boogying down to "I'm all right" coming from his boombox. The boombox is bigger than mine.

Oh well. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Doin' the Koota Endzone Dance now ...

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:57 AM

But you dance like C3PO.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.0 - Posts: 910)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 1:38 AM

I don't mind the deer and other small critters but those raccoons have got to go. My cats eat and sleep in my enclosed porch. I have a small dogie door so they can go in and out as they please. Those raccoons are so smart they come in and eat when my cats are asleep. My cats won't mess with them anyway because they are smarter than that but they dirty up the water and splash it all over the floor. I can't have a garden because the deer think I planted everything just for them. I love roses but can't have those either. I have thought about buying some cougar urine but I'd have to get on a waiting list and if you have ever smelled cougar you don't want that smell to close to your house. I haven't seen moose but see elk every now and then and the gray fox doesn't seem to bother anyone except the birds.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 3:22 AM

Koota--my gophers have "Get Down Tonight" on their boomboxes.
Lodi, mamma moose is beautiful, as are your yard, the mountains and your kids. Not necessarily in that order!

snookerballs
Snookerballs  (Level: 37.9 - Posts: 35)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:00 AM

Less than 30 miles from downtown Chicago and we get Coyotes.

avdralle
Avdralle  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 57)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 7:18 AM

Here in western PA -- suburban Pittsburgh -- deer have been a backyard plague for 25 years. It is indeed because of the loss of their habitat, but this started long ago. When they arrived in my neighborhood, they ate all my rose bushes (more than 20) and my vegetable garden. I tried all the supposed remedies -- predator urine, motion sensors, etc. -- and none is fool proof. After trying for several years, I gave up. The deer would come through my yard three or four at a time, ten or more in the winter. Of course, we can't shoot them in our yards, and controlled nighttime hunts in the municipal parks -- giving the venison to food banks -- have been ineffective.

I finally spent several thousand dollars to enclose my backyard within a fence and have begun to grow my favorite plants again. -Tony

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:10 AM

Ummmmm

Venison!

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:40 AM

You may have a redneck husband if he plants fruit trees down the back 40 to encourage deer Just working on some venison stew right now, yummy.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:57 AM

Avdralle, I am southeast of Pittsburgh!
I agree about the racoons - especially since they carry Rabies.
But what REALLY creeps me out, purely on a "girl standing on a chair, screaming to be saved from the rodent" level are
possums -------bleeeeeeeeechhhhhhh!

A possum almost killed me once. Its true. I swear.
It was early summer, and I heard a weird noise on my back porch. I looked out and saw a potato chip bag, moving about, which was weird -- then I saw the very tip of a tail poking out -- I thought it was one of the litter of kittens we had at the time. I almost grabbed the kitten by the tail, but decided to just dump the kitten out of the bag. The kitten was a baby possum.
The screeching noise that ensued brought my children running, and the laughing that followed, well, lets just say, I was mocked heartily by the brats that I brought into the world. Once my heart stopped trying to pound its way out of my chest, I got the last laugh when they had to clean up the garbage can that possum and its siblings had knocked over. Almost all baby animals are cute -- possums aren't.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:12 AM

I bought some pies for Thanksgiving two years ago and because my kitchen was overloaded with food, I had the pies out in the garage. We had chased a family of 5 raccoons out of our garage earlier in the week, which was strange because we have 4 dogs, and Clyde is 180 lbs. But those jerks came back and ate one of my pies. The other was upside down on the garage floor and it appeared they couldn't get it open. It was Thanksgiving morning and I had one pie. I was so mad at those little bas****s that I wished terminal diarrhea on all of them. I've never seen them since so I think maybe my wish actually worked.

I think there's a moral of the story in here somewhere.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.3 - Posts: 21602)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:35 AM

Saw a clip on TV this am that deer were going crazy in a beer store. Don't know the location of the store but the deer were jumping over counters like mad-story said no deer were hurt-guess they just wanted a beer. I can identify with that -Linda

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:06 AM

Pennwoman, I am in PA too but our problem is squirrels. They lived in the attic and took years to get rid of. They would have parties up there that put mine to shame. I would swear they knew exactly what they were doing. They were not scared of people, even when the gigantic maintenance man went up there. According to him the big one was pregnant and she just screamed at him! He had to leave a trap and come back, she was too big to approach. He did get her and 6 others out my attic. But what a racket they made. I used to think squirrels were cute, not anymore.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:35 AM

I'll see your deer and squirrel with a swarm of feral cats.

Contrary to the rumors I don't hate cats; pet cats that people take care of are lovely, but I sure hate having a dozen of them living wild in my driveway, scratching the cars up and peeing in them if you leave a window down for a moment, yowling at all hours and mating under the bedroom windows, shredding things in the garage to make nests and having kittens in the storage bins, sitting motionless outside the fence driving the dogs to frenzy, and worst of all, preying on the birdfeeders withour cease.

I'll never forget the image of a black cat streaking across bright green grass with a scarlet bird in its mouth. I saw one climb into a hedge and walk up the branches like stairs, straight to a mockingbird's nest and take the babies.

People around here will say they're not their cats, though they justify putting food out by saying they keep rodents down, but they don't take that critical next step of ownership and get them neutered, and if you want them to catch rodents, why feed them? When my neighbor out back tore down his storage shed he found a litter of kittens and a litter of rats within 10 feet of each other! Nice job, cats.

The city is no help, animal control throws up their hands, and I'm at my wits end. If anyone knows where to get cat food with birth control in it, I'm way interested.

Or I'll gladly swap a whole herd of cats for a deer and a possum or two.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.3 - Posts: 21602)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:39 AM

The Florida deer looks more like a dog-nothing like the Michigan species-Linda

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:51 AM

That's true, and stringy to eat as well.

The good ol' boys spotlight them and chase them through the woods with dogs and shoot them from pickup trucks, then complain that the muscle tissue if full of adrenalin and the meat is tough.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:55 AM

I know you like cats, you have lived with mine every time you visit. They love talking to you in the middle of the night...lol

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 11:37 AM

My son always referred to squirrels as "tree rats". He was and is an avid hunter.... a friend of the family, showed him how to "stuff" a squirrel when he was 14 and he was very proud of, what we named "Creepy Squirrel". He and his brother loved to clip tiny little plastic guns to its paws or would hang a beanie baby, from its mouth.
Creepy squirrel got packed up and sent to him as soon as he had an apartment of his own!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 1:28 PM

I didn't used to consider them vermin, but that is what they are. Love the term "tree rat" ..LOL!


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