Red Squirrels Fight to Survive in the Appalachians

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  1. Macrobius The Old Usager

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    Kill it or not?

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Cultur...fight-to-survive-in-the-Appalachian-mountains

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    Some of my past Rose Whisper postings included rants about the problems I had with bunnies and Eastern gray squirrels while living in Maryland.

    The bunnies looked cute and innocent, but they were rose-garden wrecking crews. Every year those wascally wabbits defoliated my new bushes, then stared at me defiantly as if challenging me to do something about it. I wanted to wring their furry necks.

    Squirrels not only destroyed the last bird feeder my dad made, they made a Christmas feast out of the wires connected to the defrosting mechanism in our heat pump. The squirrels weren’t injured by their antics, but my repair bill was quite a shock.

    When we moved to the mountains of North Carolina in May, we left the bunnies behind and brought along our tried and true squirrel-proof bird feeders. All went well until I spied a tiny critter that could hang on and eat without making the feed holes close, as they would under a gray squirrel’s weight.

    At first I thought the acrobat was a clever baby gray, but I soon learned this new, infuriating pest was an American red squirrel.

    Red squirrels are fast and feisty


    Unlike hulking two-pound, 18-inch gray squirrels, reds -- called “boomers” in the mountains -- are about 8 inches long and weigh barely 8 ounces. They have strong hind legs and curved claws that help them ably climb. They can also swim....

  2. kelly Bar Regular

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    i like squirrels......i had a pretty elaborate bird feeder once, but we attatched a squirrel feeder to the other end to prevent the squirrels from destroying it trying to get in.........no reason why the birds and squirrels cant share :) (saves money on repairs, too)
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    birds and squirrels never had a problem down here sharing a feeder.........maybe the birds and squirrels are just stupid where you live.
  4. EthanEdwards Coming back to Life

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    "Kill it or not?"
    .....depends on how hungry I am
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