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  •  My problem is *&^$%#%^&U*n rabbits. There's (5+ / 0-)
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    a couple/three that have decided to live in my yard as it doesn't have a dog living there.  The ^%#$%& things mow down my tulips, one variety of hosta, lilacs, wedding wreath spirea, and wigelia (and if the winter is bad enough, the evergreen bushes).

    Squirrels are just starting to move into my neighborhood.  I've had my house 13 years and am the 2nd owner in 15 years.  So, the trees are finally maturing enough to get their interest.  I've seen both grey and red squirrel.  About 7 years ago, chimpmunks/ground squirrels started coming in as well.  A raccoon trapzed (sp??) through my yard for a while last year, but has moved on - thankfully!!  (they have awful droppings.)  Although there are other raccoons in the area, just not 'living' in my yard.  I've also seen moles (my dad's dog found one a year ago, it was a nice toy for a few minutes and she was proud of herself!!!  she's supposed to be a rat terrier, but is only 10-15lbs).

    At the old house, there were lots of squirrels.  We had a whippet at the time.  The &&^% squirrels would tease him relentlessly!!  Especially after he caught one and they learned just how far his reach limit was.  The Boston terrier also liked to snag rabbits.  The whippet was out for the kill, the boston terrier was out for the snack.

    •  Rabbits AND squirrels? My condolences. Maybe live (4+ / 0-)
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      traps for the rabbits?  That's what we use to catch 'possums.

      Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

      by Mayfly on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:50:45 PM PDT

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      •  So far there aren't enough squirrels in my (3+ / 0-)
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        neighborhood to be a real issue yet.  The rabbits on the other hand - I'd love for them to find new homes!!  I'm not sure if it's legal to set traps of any kind in the city...

        •  Years ago my daughter was live-trapping feral cats (3+ / 0-)
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          which were numerous in the neighborhood. The county animal control people came and picked up the cats. Then, not my design, she trapped a 'possum.  The county animal control people told her,  "You can't do that! You have to have a license to trap wild-life!"

          So she applied and they issued her a license to trap wildlife.

          I would check with your county animal control office.

          "Have-A-Heart" traps are live traps.  You set them with bait and when the animal enters the wire cage and steps on the trigger, the door snaps shut.  No harm to the animal.

          Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

          by Mayfly on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 06:25:40 PM PDT

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      •  I wish I had rabbits (2+ / 0-)
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        They are gone.  Too much building around here.  Still see the possums and raccoons though.  Traps are good but make sure they are released where they can find food.  

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