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    Mayfly, martyc35

    We had two hurricanes, Rita and Ike.  Rita destroyed the squirrels' nest, hence, decimating the population.  It did come back, but slowly.  I have a lot of squirrels.  But the other day I heard a gunshot and looked over the fence.  Guy was shooting at the squirrel running atop the fence.  I asked him to please stop shooting and please don't shoot my cats (this is in the city so illegal).  Cats can catch squirrels but not all of them.  Squirrels are really quick.  I have some that feed in the yard and none of my cats have caught any of them (these were cats from a feral mom...now all fixed and microchipped).  And yes, squirrels can get into rat poison.  Why does anyone put out any poison for anything?  Crazy to do that.  Dogs can get the squirrels also if they are running loose.  We have the smaller gray squirrels although I did have one red a while back but they aren't as common here.  Do you have a source of water for the animals that visit the yard?  They won't bother the tomatoes as much.  Feral cats wouldn't be so rampant if people would quit dumping pets and fix their cats.  People are so irresponsible.  That is how I have gotten my cats.  The neighborhood across the ditch has people that just move and leave their pets or don't get their cats fixed.  If there are ferals and they kill the squirrels, well, they have to eat.

    •  Hi, Rosedale, I do keep a recirculating fountain (1+ / 0-)
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      martyc35

      running for the birds, and the squirrels drink there too.  Don't think the squirrel population is down because of poison--my neighbors are pretty "green."  

      Whatever the reason for the great reduction in the squirrel population, I am a happy gardener this season.

      PS, I agree with you about fixing ones cats. Years ago we had a feral cat colony, and some family and friends worked in cat rescue.

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

      by Mayfly on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:12:33 AM PDT

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